Bulged Disc:  Do you suffer from low back pain?  Does it travel down either leg?  Is there any numbness or loss of sensation in the legs or feet?  Do you feel any weakness in the legs or feet when you move a certain way?  Without a thorough exam it’s hard to be sure, but you may be suffering from a bulged disc or herniated disc.  If not properly treated it may require expensive and invasive surgery.

When dealing with a bulged disc or herniated disc, there are many things to consider.  First you need to evaluate the severity of the bulge.  There are some cases that are surgical candidates no matter what.  And while the surgery is invasive and risky, it does have its place.  Chiropractic and physical therapy are more conservative alternatives.  In fact they actually work very well together in most cases.

Disc Problems – A Combined Approach is Best

However, most people tend to forget that like other parts of your body, a disc needs proper nutrition in order to heal itself properly.  That’s why I take a combined approach when dealing with disc patients.  The first thing I do is an extensive evaluation.  This evaluation includes a physical exam, neurological testing, muscular and skeletal testing, orthopedic tests, and a nutritional evaluation.  I will also review any MRI’s, or order any imaging if necessary.

Nutrition and Disc Health

Next I will perform a careful analysis.  This is because I need to determine if you’re a surgical candidate, or if I can help you.  If you are a good candidate, your treatment will consist of the following.  It will include the right type of traction, specific chiropractic treatments, home exercises and enzyme nutrition.  If you’re not, we have an extensive network of health care professionals we can refer you to.

It is crucial to remember that a disc needs several key nutrients.  They are Vitamin C, calcium, and amino acids from proteins.  But lets not forget that enzymes are required at several steps along the way.  First of all, enzymes help your body digest and absorb these vital nutrients.  And second, enzymes also help your body use them properly.  In this case, it supports healthy disc repair. Our plan usually includes custom dietary changes and the correct enzyme supplements. Of course I only make recommendations after scientific testing based on sound medical principles.

Call Us for a Consult and MRI Review

Are you concerned about back pain? Do you spend hours or days at home waiting for your problems to subside? Are you missing out on work family or fun? If so, give us a call and set up a consultation. I will personally sit down with you and talk about your suffering and how it affects your life. I will even do some preliminary testing as well as Bio Impedance Analysis (BIA). In fact did you know that both NASA and Cancer Treatment Centers of America rely on BIA? These tests help me determine if you are a good candidate for care. If you’re not, we’ll make every effort to provide the proper referral.

A Promise to our patients.  If you decide to call us and set up a consultation, we will provide direct, personal attention in a peaceful and unrushed atmosphere. We are dedicated to helping you reclaim your healthy lifestyle without harmful drugs or surgery.

For more information, please contact us at 425-868-0120.

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*Enzyme nutrition helps the body function properly—it’s not used to diagnose or treat disease.

 

 

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