How to Mend Your Herniated or Bulging Disc Injury
The spine is comprised of 5 distinct segments: coccyx, sacrum, lumbar, thoracic, and cervical. The lumbar (lower back) and cervical (neck area) are the 2 most common locations for spinal injury. There are several terms that are commonly used when referring to the same type of spinal disc pathology. Your physician may indicate that you have a bulging disc, herniated disc, pinched nerve, ruptured disc, disc protrusion, or even one of several other spinal conditions. A herniated disc may be the most severe injury as it often results in the contents of the disc dispersing out into the spinal cord area. These conditions are often mitigated by the same factors and manifest with varying degrees of similar symptoms.
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Bulging or herniated disc injuries can result from daily wear and tear or an acute injury due to an accident.
What Symptoms Should You Expect?
A serious spinal injury may result in numbness and weakness in the neck, back, chest, shoulders, hands or legs. Extreme cases of herniated or bulging discs may result in simultaneous numbness or weakness of several parts of your body.
When is Surgery an Option & What Surgical Procedures Mend Herniated or Bulging Disc Injuries?
Surgical procedures are always a last resort if non-surgical treatment methods do not work to heal your herniated or bulging disc injury. The following procedures are usually not considered until you have exhausted all non-surgical treatments available, or unless your injury is causing serious nerve damage resulting in weakness or loss of feeling in your legs.
Open Discectomy is a procedure where the surgeon will make an incision over the site of your injury and remove the portion of your herniated or bulging disc that is pressing on a nerve in your spinal cord.
Laminotomy/Laminectomy are procedures performed to remove small portions of the vertebrae or thickened tissue on/around your vertebrae in order to relieve the undue pressure that is being placed on your spine.
Percutaneous Discectomy is similar to an open discectomy, however during this procedure the surgeon will insert a specialized tool to remove tissue around your herniated or bulging disc. Removal of this tissue will also relieve pressure on your spine.
What Treatments are Available to Mend Your Herniated or Bulging Disc Injury?
It is always important that your physician discover the precise source of your pain, as pain associated with a bulging or herniated disc is generally a result of an injury pressing against one or more spinal nerves.
The extent of your symptoms will determine whether surgery is necessary to avoid nerve damage, or if a non-surgical treatment will prove to be affective in healing your injury. Most physicians will recommend conservative treatment before considering surgical intervention, unless of course there are obvious indicators of impending nerve damage.
As soon as your spine is injured your body triggers natural events that isolate damaged tissue and prepare it for healing. The main symptoms you will immediately feel after injury - the swelling, redness (rubor), heat (calor), pain (dolor), and loss of function - are really just signs that your body is starting to heal.
Unfortunately when your spine is swollen and inflamed the damaged tissue is blocking vital blood flow from coming into the tissue to continue the natural healing process. When your blood flow is blocked, the other healthy tissue in your spine is starved of oxygen, nutrients and antibodies needed for your healthy tissue to thrive and for your injured spine to heal. This is why it's never good to let a new injury stay untreated for too long.
Using cold compression immediately following a herniated/bulging disc injury, re-injury, or surgery reduces pain and swelling and reduces the tissue damage that occurs with soft tissue injuries.
Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy
What can be done for your back when the swelling is gone, but the pain is still there? Once the swelling is gone our bodies are starving for the naturally occurring oxygen, nutrients, antibodies and energy available in our blood. Blood flow is like the life force of our bodies, and the healing process really takes off only when the back receives proper blood flow.
If you want to heal quickly you need to keep your blood flow moving constantly, but you also need to make sure your back is actively getting rid of cellular waste and toxins. This is where BFST® comes in, but what exactly is BFST® and how can it help to accelerate healing?
BFST® is exactly what it seems - it's a therapy that substantially increases the flow of blood to your back without the need to exercise your already damaged tissue.
Think about your injured soft tissue as if it is a sponge that has dried out. Your damaged tissue is waiting there ready to absorb all of the benefits of increased blood flow but your body is unable to keep up with the demand of what your tissue needs. BFST® boosts your body's natural blood flow, delivering oxygen, nutrients, antibodies and energy directly to the source of your pain. Once you start receiving all of the benefits BFST® has to offer your injured back becomes like a sponge that now has enough blood flow within reach to soak up everything good that is in your blood flow. Increased blood flow through BFST® also acts as a cleanser for your tissue, whisking away all toxins and cellular waste.
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