Herniated Disc & Traction Theraphy

In this week’s blog from www.orthomedical.in, we are going to understand about Herniated disc and how traction theraphy can be used to treat this condition. Human body consists of 33 vertebrae and fibrous cartilage intervertebral discs. Intervertebral disc consists of annulus fibrosus (approximately 1 cm thick) and nucleus pulposus (jelly-like substance, 88% is water). These alleviate the load and impulse of upper body. Herniated disc is the disease that annulus fibrosus of intervertebral disc is deformed by continuous pressure or improper body posture, and therefore, nucleus pulposus comes out of its original position and suppresses the spinal canal or nerve so that patients feel pain in their waist, legs and thigh etc.

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What is traction therapy?
Traction therapy reduces the pressure in the lumbar vertebrae, putting back protruded nucleus pulposus in its original position. In other words, it is a physical therapy that bilaterally pulls upper and lower part of the body and widens the interval between lumbar or cervical vertebrae.

Obstruction in treatment
Herniated disc needs time to recover naturally, however, there is always a load of upper body to the lumbar vertebrae so that “the herniated disc” easily recurs despite of treatment.

What if continuous traction therapy is possible?
If continuous treatment is possible to reduce the pressure in the lumbar vertebrae, the herniated disc is instead an easy disease to treat. Disk Dr. is the device that makes continuous treatment possible. Disk Dr. has the same effect as the traction therapy you can receive in the hospital. Moreover, it makes continuous treatment possible during everyday life while hospital treatment is only temporary. Also through the ambulatory traction therapy, you can obtain effects of correcting posture and enhancing the physical strength around the intervertebral disc.

Traction Principal of Disk Dr.
Using air pressure, Disk Dr. lifts the upper body so that it drastically alleviates the pressure in intervertebral disc and reduces the pressure in nerves. Reduction of pressure makes protruded cartilage substance (annulus fibrosus and nucleus pulposus), which is the fundamental cause of the pain, return to its original position. Proper pressure to lift the upper body enables continuous traction treatment. Besides, in order to continue traction treatment during everyday life, Disk Dr. is manufactured slimly to fit in with human body. No one would notice it, and you can still keep on your everyday and leisure life with no inconvenience.

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Back Pain and Physiotheraphy

In this week’s edition of our blog, let us examine the structural problems that result in back pain and physiotherapy as an option for back pain treatment. These aspects of back pain were a part of the issues discussed in Medical News Today. Back pain is a very common complaint. According to the Mayo Clinic, USA, approximately 80% of all Americans will have low back pain at least once in their lives. Back pain is a common reason for absence from work, or visiting the doctor’s.

Structural problems – the following structural problems may also result in back pain:

  • Ruptured disks – each vertebra in our spine is cushioned by disks. If the disk ruptures there will be more pressure on a nerve, resulting in back pain.
  • Bulging disks – in much the same way as ruptured disks, a bulging disk can result in more pressure on a nerve.
  • Sciatica – a sharp and shooting pain that travels through the buttock and down the back of the leg, caused by a bulging or herniated disk pressing on a nerve.
  • Arthritis – patients with osteoarthritis commonly experience problems with the joints in the hips, lower back, knees and hands. In some cases spinal stenosis can develop – the space around the spinal cord narrows.
  • Abnormal curvature of the spine – if the spine curves in an unusual way the patient is more likely to experience back pain. An example is scoliosis, when the spine curves to the side.
  • Osteoporosis – bones, including the vertebrae of the spine, become brittle and porous, making compression fractures more likely.

Back pain can also be the result of some everyday activity or poor posture. Examples include:

Bending awkwardly, Pushing something, Pulling something, Carrying something ,Lifting something ,Standing for long periods, Bending down for long periods, Twisting, Coughing, Sneezing, Muscle tension, Over-stretching, Sitting in a hunched position for long periods (e.g. when driving), Long driving sessions without a break (even when not hunched)

Amongst various treatments methods, let us examine the physiotherapy option.

Physical Therapy is the application of heat, ice, ultrasound and electrical stimulation, as well as some muscle-release techniques to the back muscles and soft tissues may help alleviate pain. As the pain subsides the physical therapist may introduce some flexibility and strength exercises for the back and abdominal muscles. Techniques on improving posture may also help. The patient will be encouraged to practice the techniques regularly, even after the pain has gone, to prevent back pain recurrence.

In this context it is worthwhile to mention the benefits of using medical devices, for instance, Disk Dr. Waist WG30Disk Dr. Waist WG30 not only widens   and   supports   lumbar   vertebrae   but   it   also   forces muscles around the waist to exercise more.

Here are some measures that can be adopted in our day to day lives to address back pain.

  • Do not lift and twist at the same time. If something is particularly heavy, see if you can lift it with someone else. While you are lifting keep looking straight ahead, not up nor down, so that the back of your neck is like a continuous straight line from your spine.
  • Moving things – remember that it is better for your back to push things across the floor, rather than pulling them.
  • Shoes – flat shoes place less of a strain on the back.
  • Driving – it is important to have proper support for your back. Make sure the wing mirrors are properly positioned so you do not need to twist. The pedals should be squarely in front of your feet. If you are on a long journey, have plenty of breaks – get out of the car and walk around.
  • Your bed – you should have a mattress that keeps you spine straight, while at the same time supporting the weight of your shoulders and buttocks. Use a pillow, but not one that forces your neck into a steep angle.

Slip disc Treatments

In this week’s blog from orthomedical.in, we shall discuss slipped disc, something which is becoming more often heard nowadays. This issue was a hot topic in WebMD and we thought it is worth sharing this with our subscribers. Slipped disc can cause acute pain. It is a result of damage to one of the discs in the spine and consequently exerting pressure on a nerve.

The silver lining to the cloud is that a slipped disc usually tends to heal on its own, somewhere in the period of about five to six weeks. We shall examine treatments for back pain and sciatica caused by slipped disc in the lower part of your back, which is for references purpose only. Extensive clinical trails of Disk Dr.WG 30 has shown that this back support and treatment belt can be used for the treatment of slip disc

Key points about treating pain caused by a slipped disc
· Staying active is probably better for you than lying in bed for a long time, but researchers don’t know for certain.
· Having your spine manipulated by a trained therapist can help treat pain caused by a slipped disc.
· Taking painkillers or getting painkilling injections may help for a short time.
·Surgery can repair the damaged disc, but it’s worth waiting a while, as it will probably get better on its own.

Treatments for a slipped disc
We’ve divided the treatments for slipped disc into three categories: non-drug treatments, drug treatments, and surgery.

For help deciding what treatment is best for you, see how to use research to support your treatment decisions.

· Non-drug treatments for slipped disc: There are many different things you can try that do not involve taking drugs or having surgery. They include having your spine manipulated, acupuncture, and following a programme of exercise.

· Drug treatments for slipped disc: These treatments include painkillers, muscle relaxants, and steroid injections.

· Surgery for slipped disc: There are many different ways to repair a slipped disc with surgery. Doctors can do operations using a microscope or laser. And they can make a small cut rather than making a large cut.

Non-drug treatments for slipped disc
A slipped disc usually gets better on its own in about six weeks. But you may want to try some non-drug treatments to make you more comfortable.

Key points about non-drug treatments for slipped disc

· Staying active is probably better for you than lying in bed for a long time, but researchers don’t know for certain.
· Having your spine manipulated by a trained therapist can help treat pain caused by a slipped disc.
· Many other non-drug treatments have been tried for low back pain. These include acupuncture, heat, ice, and massage.