Back Surgery Warning
Spinal Stenosis and Bulging, Herniated and Degenerative Discs
In a 2002 issue of Neurosurgical Focus, a peer-reviewed article was published by a Dr. Michael D. Martin, MD et al . in which the third sentence states: “The disc itself is active tissue that contains significant mechanisms for self-repair.” That article was published by a neurosurgeon and written directly for neurosurgeons.
So what does that really mean to us? It tells us that the disc itself does have a God-given ability to heal and repair if provided the proper mechanisms for self-healing.
There is a specific mechanism inherent in each of the spinal discs called the “pump mechanism of disc nutrition” (see illustration) When this mechanism is not working properly, the spinal discs will begin to die causing bulges, herniations, and eventually spinal stenosis.
The spinal disc is one of the very few tissues in the body that does not have a direct blood supply for circulation. The only way that the disc gets the circulation of water, oxygen and nutrients for self repair is via the specific disc pump mechanism. What happens when you decrease circulation in any type of tissue, whether it be animal tissue, plant tissue or human tissue? Exactly, it begins to become weak and begins to degenerate.
Symptoms are NOT the Problem
Now the symptoms of pain, numbness and tingling that most experience with bulging, herniated or degenerative discs are NOT the problem. The definition of a symptom: “something that indicates the existence of something else.” It is just like the dashboard of your car telling you that something is wrong (brake lights out, engine needs to be checked, overheating, etc.) Those lights that appear in your car dash are NOT the problem. You can remove the lights surgically or put a piece of duct tape over the lights but the problem will NOT be fixed….the problem is still present.
Let’s take a look at a plant for example…if the leaves on a plant begin to turn brown, would you say that the brown leaves are the plant’s problem? Of course not, the leaves turning brown is just a condition that is telling you that there is something wrong with the plant. The plant is unhealthy and needs water and nutrients. You could spray paint the leaves green but it just covers up the condition. The underlying problem still exists and will continue to produce brown leaves until you fix the actual problem.
In your spine, when the pump mechanism of disc nutrition fails, the disc will begin to degenerate and become weak. This weakness in the disc is what produces the bulging, herniated and degenerative discs.
The treatment that is provided at the Charlotte Spine & Pain Relief Center is revolutionary and is specifically designed to artificially re-create the pump mechanism in the discs which allows the spinal discs to heal and repair. The best part of the treatment is that it uses no drugs, no injections and no surgery. Plus it’s painless and many patients actually fall asleep while undergoing the treatment.
The amount of treatment needed to allow the discs to heal and repair varies from person to person and can only be determined after a detailed neurological and orthopedic evaluation. We do NOT accept everyone for treatment and will let you know if we can accept your case for treatment.
Dr. Helmendach, DC at the Charlotte Spine & Pain Relief Center will do a spinal disc severity examination to determine the extent of your disc damage. This examination will consist of a detailed neurological evaluation, extensive orthopedic testing and a detailed analysis of the findings of your evaluation. He will sit down with you and go over your condition in complete detail. You will know exactly what is causing your pain, or other symptoms.
This same technology also works for bulging or herniated disc in the neck or cervical spine. Listen to Lasonyia’s patient review of the care she received in our office.