May 2019 Newsletter: Disc Herniations
by Dr. Jeremiah Davis
Hello everyone! Today’s newsletter will focus on a topic we have not covered in awhile. I thought of the topic while talking with a friend of mine (not a patient at Riverview) a few nights ago. My friend is a male in his early 60’s. He is a car mechanic who has worked his body physically over the decades of his life. His job involves a lot of repetitive activities and various non-ergonomic positions some times for long stents of time all at once. My friend was talking to me about his lower back and it went something like this (edited for time’s sake and extraneous material): my lower back hurts in the morning and gets progressively worse throughout the day. I have pain in my lower back and it feels like my back is locked up and the muscles are so tight! The pain is a burning pain which can stay in my lower back or go down my leg. Sometimes my foot goes numb. It hurts more especially when I turn or bend.
So, what condition does my friend have you may ask? Any guesses? The condition my friend suffers from is what is called a herniated nucleus pulposus (HNP) more commonly called a “herniated disc”, “slipped disc” or “disc bulge”. So, what is a disc herniation you may ask, I’ll tell you, but first it is helpful to understand the normal anatomy of an intervertebral disc (IVD). The IVD are structures sandwiched in-between the vertebrae of the spine. They act as cushions to absorb the shocks and forces that act on the spine. For example, the discs help absorb the force when you jump or run in order to reduce stress on the vertebrae. The discs also provide protection for nerves which exit the spinal column. Without these discs there would be less room for the nerves to exit the spine. The discs also allow the rigid bones of the spine to be more flexible and mobile. The IVD offers all these wonderful functions, all without our knowledge or any input from us, as long as their structure is intact.
When the structure of the IVD breaks down, the outer fibrous layers (nucleus fibrosis) of the disc begin to weaken and as a result the inner gelatinous layers (nucleus pulposus) start to push on the weakened outer layer. This inner layer can go all the way through the outer layer until it pushes up near the nerve root. The outer layer of the IVD is very rich with nerve endings and can cause a lot of pain if it is irritated. This in turn creates a lot of inflammation or fluid pressure in the space around the nerve which puts pressure on it. If this irritant is not dealt with then neurological symptoms can result such as pain down the leg, numbness, tingling or weakness. This is not meant to scare you but to inform you so that it can be caught early. This type of problem is very treatable with chiropractic techniques commonly used in or office.
So, what are my options for this type of condition you may ask? Treatment should always go from least to most invasive. The least invasive options are chiropractic, physical therapy (they work great when done together), stretching, core strengthening. Next would come steroid injections called epidurals. The last resort should be surgery such as discectomy or spinal fusion. The good news again is that this problem is very treatable if you do develop it and more importantly very preventable with conservative strategies if done in advance of development of the condition. Talking to any of the doctors on staff at Riverview would be a great idea. We are all more than willing to help guide you through the process of prevention or rehabilitation to find a treatment plan that will work for you.
We are looking for new front desk staff to help in our office! Weekends and evenings are required. Must be proficient on a computer using scheduling software, emailing and working with health insurances, in addition to being comfortable speaking on the phone and directly with patients. If you love Chiropractic and are interested in joining our team to serve our patients, please email Jackie at firstname.lastname@example.org with your resume and a short paragraph on why you’re interested in working with us!”
Dr. Marinaccio will be teaching an online class on essential oils on Tuesday 5/21/2019 at 8PM. Check out our FaceBook page to join the class group!
Thank you for your continued patience as we transition to a new billing software. We are doing our best to serve you and are working out the “kinks.”
Reminder: if you use insurance to help pay for your Chiropractic care and have had a change in your policy, please call to verify your Chiropractic benefits and whether or not your provider participate. Sometimes your copay is higher than the cost of an out-of-pocket visit and you can speak to the front desk to discuss the best way to proceed
We have special hours for Memorial Day: Dr. Leuppie will be available for patients between 9am and 12pm on Monday 5/27/2019. The office will be closed in the afternoon and we will resume normal hours on Tuesday.
Drs Joshua Leuppie and Jeremiah Davis will be hosting a trigger point workshop on May 7th at Riverview from 6:30 to 7:30. The class will focus on information about chiropractic and what we do at Riverview followed by a trigger point and muscle workshop. Feel free to bring a partner with you. Spots are limited so if you are interested please sign up at the front desk!
RECIPE OF THE MONTH
Super Charged Protein Balls
1/2 cup rolled oats
3/4 cup almond butter
1/2 cup honey or agave or rice syrup (I use raw natural honey native to our region)
1/3 cup cocao nibs
3 TBS chia seeds
3 TBS ground flax seed
1 and 1/2 tbs chocolate protein power
|1.||Combine all ingredients mixing well|
|2.||Chill for 30 minutes in the fridge.|
|3.||Take them out and roll into balls of desired size.|
Makes approximately 24 balls
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