The spine is encompassed by ligaments, soft tissues, joints, and the spinal cord, where it is protected. The spine also holds the body together by ensuring that the musculoskeletal system keeps the body upright and that it can twist, turn, bend, and move around when it is in motion. When the body sustains an injury from an accident or pulls a muscle, it can significantly affect the spine, causing immense pain to the lower back. When this happens, many treatments can help lower back pain by dampening the inflammation and causing relief to the individual. In this article, we will be looking at what is a herniated disc and its symptoms, as well as how decompression can help repair herniated disc in the spine. By referring patients to qualified and skilled providers specializing in spinal decompression therapy. To that end, and when appropriate, we advise our patients to refer to our associated medical providers based on their examination. We find that education is the key to asking valuable questions to our providers. Dr. Alex Jimenez DC provides this information as an educational service only. Disclaimer


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What Is Herniated Disc?

Since mainly everyone has dealt with chronic back pain from an injury or pulling a back muscle at some point in their lives, this will cause many individuals to miss work and get treatment from their primary physicians as the pain is excruciating and can cause many people to miss out on everyday activities. Research studies have shown that lower back pain is one of the most common problems. With the different diagnoses for low back pain, DDD (degenerative disc disease) and lumbar disc herniation are considered the most common back pain. Research shows that herniated discs are formed when someone is lifting something heavy or twisting motions on the lower back, causing added stress on the spinal disc.


Research studies have stated that herniated disc has been the known cause of neckback, and leg pain, and it is due to an injury to the spine. Herniated discs are caused because, usually, spinal discs have a soft, gel-like center on the inside and are protected by a firm outer layer between the spinal joints. Within time and age, the firm outer layer becomes weak and will eventually crack, causing the inner soft gel-like center to push through the cracks of the outer layer and press on the nearby spinal nerves. This will cause sharp shooting pain in the sciatic nerve, causing it to go from the buttock down to the foot.


The Symptoms

Since most herniated discs usually occur in the lower back, research studies stated that they could also occur in the neck. Depending on where the herniated disc is located and pressing on a nerve, it will usually affect one side of the body. Some of the symptoms that herniated discs are causing on the neck and lower back include:

Other research studies have also found that lumbar disc herniation can be compressed and irritate the lumbar nerve root and the dural sac of the spine and cause sciatica to form. Since lumbar disc herniation is one of the most common diagnoses for degenerative abnormalities of the lumbar spine, there are ways to treat lumbar disc herniation.

How Lumbar Traction Rehydrates Lumbar Disc-Video

Lower Back Decompression Machine - Lumbar Mechanical Traction

The video shows how a decompression machine uses traction to gently stretch the lumbar spine to rehydrate the lumbar disc back to its original state. As part of spinal decompression therapy, the decompression machine uses a traction machine to gently stretch the spine, causing instant relief to the individual suffering from low back pain or even herniated disc. When the spine gets a gentle stretch, the beneficial nutrients will go to the spinal disc, rehydrate them back into the spine, and improve the disc height. If you want to learn more about spinal decompression therapy, this link will explain the benefits of spinal decompression and how it can alleviate low back pain symptoms.

Repairing Herniated Disc With Decompression


With many treatments that can alleviate lumbar disc herniation, one of the non-surgical treatments providing relief to many individuals is spinal decompression therapy. Research studies have found that spinal decompression therapy has been used to help reduce the pressure of lumbar disc herniation and repair it by supplying nutrients and oxygen back to the lumbar disc. This will cause many individuals to feel instant relief as the herniated disc goes back into the spine with the nutrients and oxygen and repair them back to their original state. Other research studies also found that when combined with physical therapy, spinal decompression therapy is highly effective in the reabsorption of herniation and can increase the disc height for many individuals with lumbar disc herniation.



The spine’s primary function is to make sure that the body is upright and can bend, move, twist, and turn without any problems. The spine is encompassed by ligaments, soft tissues, the musculoskeletal system, the spinal cord, and the spinal disc. When a person accidentally pulls a muscle or sustains an injury, it can compress the spinal disc or cause it to develop a herniation and cause the person pain in their lower back. Luckily, treatments like spinal decompression allow gentle stretching on the spine to repair, restore, and rehydrate the spinal disc back to its original state. When this happens, many individuals will begin to feel instant relief and continue their day pain-free.



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