Disc Management

Spinal decompression is cornerstone of pain-relieving protocol.

Jane Himel, 77, is a wife and mother. The Pennsylvania native briefly worked outside the home cleaning houses but spent most of her time as a caretaker for her elderly mother and father. Over the years, all her efforts took a toll on her body.

Photo by Jordan Pysz.

Jane Himel

“I developed issues with my back,” Jane elaborates. “A bone scan showed there was a lot of damage. There was some vertebral compression and some arthritis in my spine. I could only walk a little ways without pain, and it got pretty bad. When I was in pain, it rated a 12 on a scale of one to 10.

“The pain was very sharp. I couldn’t turn over in bed and often had to get up. I was using CBD oil and other treatments, but absolutely nothing gave me relief. I tried physical therapy, but my pain was still really intense. I couldn’t even lift my legs due to the pain. It was horrible, and I thought, I don’t want to be in a wheelchair.

Jane’s physician referred her to a pain management clinic, where doctors recommended treating her with injections. While waiting at the clinic, Jane’s husband picked up a copy of Volusia Health Care News and read about Halifax Injury Physicians and their spinal decompression treatment for back pain.

“My husband suggested I try it because I was not pleased at all with getting the shots,” Jane remembers.

Halifax Injury Physicians is a full-service chiropractic practice in Daytona Beach. The office is devoted to the nonsurgical treatment of neck and back disorders that can result in severe pain and disability. Brian Pesner, DC, an associate of Travis Utter, DC, the practice’s owner and operator, evaluated Jane’s condition.

Halifax Injury Physicians’ treatment protocol for severe back and neck pain is a package of therapies that includes nonsurgical spinal decompression, spinal manipulations and physical therapy. Spinal decompression is the cornerstone of the protocol.

“Spinal decompression is an excellent nonsurgical, conservative option for dealing with various spinal conditions, the biggest being disc bulges, disc herniations, facet syndrome and even spinal stenosis,” Dr. Utter observes.

Before treatment, the doctor determines the major factors contributing to the pain and other symptoms through a physical examination and imaging tests such as x-ray or MRI.

“When we evaluate all of this information, we are able to hone in on the specific level of the spine where the problem is occurring,” Dr. Utter explains. “Sometimes, there is more than one spinal level contributing to the pain.

“After spinal decompression, I feel great again. It’s a miracle.” – Jane

“At Halifax Injury Physicians, we use a very sophisticated spinal decompression table that allows us to isolate a specific level of the spine for treatment. It also allows us to start working on one level, achieve some benefit, then move on to treat the next level.”

The spinal decompression is rather simple, especially in cases of disc herniation, according to Dr. Utter. With a herniation, pain comes from compression of the spinal nerves by collapsed vertebrae or by material from the center of the disc seeping out through the break, or herniation, in the disc.

“The bones of the spine, or vertebrae, along with the bulged or herniated disc can compress the nerves that exit the spine,” Dr. Utter educates. “Spinal decompression pulls those bones apart extremely gently. As it starts to separate the bones, it creates negative pressure inside the center of the disc. This negative pressure sucks in the disc material that has herniated onto the nerves.

“By pulling back that disc material, the amount of water and nutrients needed to start effectively controlling, containing and repairing the herniation is increased. Spinal decompression is typically administered in a series of treatments that effectively build upon each other. Over time, there is continued improvement until the patient is stable and can be discharged from care.”

Countdown to Zero

Spinal decompression made a huge difference in Jane’s life. The pain she rated a 12 was essentially eliminated.

“Now, my pain is zero. Once in a while, it’s maybe a one, but that’s nothing. That’s mainly from being old. After spinal decompression, I feel great again. It’s a miracle,” she reports.

“The spinal decompression machine worked well. And when I was done with the machine, they did a little therapy on me. By the time I was done with that, I walked out of the office with no pain at all, none. It was good.

“I recommend Halifax Injury Physicians and have already.”

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