Damage can occur to your spinal discs long before you feel it. You can have a bulge in a disc where the gel center can push through the inner two-thirds of the cartilage before you know something is wrong. It is only when the gel substance pushes all the way to the outer one-third that you will perceive pain. By then, the disc damage has been done.
The damaged outer cartilage ring of a disc takes 300-500 days to fully heal. If you want to greatly reduce the re-occurrence of lower back pain or neck pain once the pain is gone, you must follow your recommended prevention program provided by Dr. Corey for lasting results.
An often-overlooked factor has to be considered when reading MRIs. In most cases, individuals with discogenic lower back pain find that lying down gives them the most relief. On the flip side, sitting, getting up from sitting and standing are the most uncomfortable. During the conventional MRI, the patient is in a position that gives relief. This can result in missing what the disc looks like when it hurts.
There are many inherent problems with sustained traction of the spine, with muscle spasms and increased disc pressure at the top of the list. Traditional traction pulls both spine and muscles. Decompression, on the other hand, creates a gentle pumping motion that is controlled by a computer, thereby reducing muscle spasm while unloading the disc. In a limited number of cases, traction has its place. However, decompression therapy is more complex, and therefore able to treat more complex cases.
The cerebellum is in the back part of the brain and it controls all spinal musculature as well as balance and coordinated movement. When the cerebellum is not firing correctly, the muscles will spasm, the vertebrae lock up and the disc loses fluid and degenerates. When we get the cerebellum firing better, the spinal muscles will no longer be in spasm, the vertebrae will move better and your disc can heal.
The brain and nervous system need two things to survive: fuel and activation. Fuel comes in the form of glucose and oxygen. As you age, your ability to utilize oxygen decreases. The use of oxygen has been demonstrated to be a tremendous adjunctive therapy to speed healing.
Muscles, tendons and ligaments that surround and support the spine and disc MUST be properly stretched and strengthened to support and stabilize the spine and disc. Most people understand this but do not recognize that this should come AFTER the disc has had time to heal and not before. The specific rehabilitation protocols which we teach you in our office are easily done in the comfort of your home and are an essential requirement for lasting results.
I’m sure you or someone you know with back or neck pain has been given a series of exercises and even stretches to do which didn’t seem to solve the problem, or even made it worse. One of the main reasons for this type of outcome is because the damaged disc had not been addressed first; consequently, loading it more with exercises inhibited improvement. Our examination focuses on Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy. A detailed history plus our comprehensive exam will show in what order your discs and muscles should be treated, so that you have the best chance of a great outcome the first time.
Something as simple as food intolerance can lead to back and neck pain and prevent your recovery. If you are eating gluten and you are sensitive to it, it can cause your immune system to attack your body. Immune system antibodies could attack your thyroid, your joints, pancreas, nerves or any other healthy tissue in response to the presence of gluten in your body. Gluten has been identified as a potential neurotoxin, and many with gluten sensitivity do not show the classic symptoms of celiac disease, but develop nerve damage instead.
Stenosis is the narrowing of an opening. It can occur in blood vessels, ear canals, or where your nerves exit the spinal cord. Many people with stenosis in the low back will find relief if they bend forward, or sit down while bending forward. Patients with spinal stenosis undergo a very specific mode of care involving decompression therapy.
Discs are designed to act as flexible cushions that provide proper spacing between the spinal bones—your vertebrae. Additionally, they allow the spine to move when acted upon by the spinal muscles. If there is a thinning or degeneration of the discs, it will alter normal spinal motion leaving you susceptible to pain. Our program is tailor-made to deal with disc problems of this nature.
In July 2010, in a study published in the Journal of Arthritis and Rheumatism, researchers reported how an immune system substance called interleukin-17 (IL-17) may contribute to back pain caused by herniated and degenerated discs. They found that IL-17 was found in 70% of patients with degenerated or herniated discs but rarely found in healthy disc tissue. It is theorized that pain and inflammation occur as a result of the immunological response. This is why we take a mechanical and metabolic approach to your back pain. Our unique Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy protocol addresses disc degeneration and targets herniated or bulging discs. As well, our laboratory testing and specific supplementation can help modulate the autoimmune response.
Most medications are designed solely to relieve your symptoms. While this is a noble and laudable goal, it does nothing to get to the root cause of the problem — once the drug wears off, the pain returns. Additionally, over time your body will get used to the drug, and the positive effects will lessen. However, the side effects continue — then you are given another drug to help with that, then the effects of that drug decrease, and so on and so on…
Considering surgery should always be your last choice–after you have exhausted all of your other options. However, we routinely have patients who have already had back or neck surgery prior to seeing us. If this is you, do not assume you won’t benefit from decompression therapy. There are many case histories of patients with ‘Failed Back Surgery Syndrome’ who have been helped with decompression therapy. If you have reached the point where you are considering surgery—see us first for an evaluation—you have nothing to lose, and everything to gain. If you’ve already had the surgery, and it hasn’t provided the affects you had hoped for, call us for your evaluation—you may be pleasantly surprised at the options we offer.
No one else is responsible for your health. You are responsible for your health! It’s time to take your healthcare into your own hands. With something as complex as back and neck pain, you have to realize that accepting the usual treatment is just not good enough. You have to ask yourself “Am I prepared to live like this for the rest of my life?” Or are you willing to tackle your problem and have the necessary evaluation done? If you are serious about resolving your problem, we are here to help!
The thirty year rule states that if you are reading this report, given the average onset of neck and back pain and the average human life span, you have approximately thirty years left on this planet – maybe a little more, maybe a little less. How are you going to spend the next thirty years?
Take action! Do not think it’s going to get better on its own. The reality is, you’re either getting better or you’re getting worse – you’re not staying the same. Get tested with an examination that will specifically identify how much of your problem is due to muscular versus disc involvement. Also, find out what other factors are involved that no other doctor has looked for. Armed with this information, you can intelligently tackle your problem instead of being a victim of your symptoms.
Find a doctor who cares for you as a whole person and utilizes complete functional neurological and metabolic protocols. A functional problem can’t be cared for like an acute situation. Medical doctors are great at treating acute health conditions: a broken bone, a heart attack, a stroke. But when it comes to chronic conditions, functional conditions, they are lost in a lost world.
Now that I’ve given you all of this knowledge and explained to you that we are the office that can provide you with functional testing and a structural, neurologic and metabolic care plan, I invite you to call our office at 714-730-5833 to schedule your Two-Visit Neck & Back Pain Consultation and Examination with Dr. Michael Corey.