When you hire a doctor to help you solve a health challenge, you want the doctor to have some insight into how your body works and why you are not be able to overcome your current challenge. The doctor is a resource for information and recommendations that help you to create a plan to change your condition.
You rely on the doctor to expertly observe your condition and make the recommendations that will safely and effectively allow your body to overcome the barriers to healing itself. If the doctor has been able to select the proper problems to address with you and if you comply with the recommendations then you have the best opportunity to get better.
All healing of herniated discs, degenerated discs, and other spinal tissue problems occurs as the result of an internally generated repair-and-replacement process. Any interference with this process will diminish the effect of the healing efforts of the body. Since disc material has no blood supply it takes a year and a half for nutrients to be circulated in and out of the disc. It heals very slowly, even slower than a sprained ankle. You can take the pressure off your ankle with crutches but you have to use your spine all day long.
Interferences can be in the form of mental, physical or chemical strains or stresses. There can be weakness in the internal structure of the disc due to poor nutrition or circulation. If there is a flat foot or twisted pelvis or loss of the normal curves then there will be additional strain on the spine. Emotional stresses from financial, family or job difficulties can lead to abnormal muscle tension or stress hormones. Other frequent interferences include smoking, working too hard and too soon on injured or healing tissue, a pro-inflammatory diet or other poor nutrition, a leg length inequality or other structural problem that focuses stresses on the damaged tissues. Even drugs and prior surgeries can interfere with the normal healing process.
The most effective treatment plan you can follow will include the reduction of as many interferences as possible based on the doctor's expert evaluation. The more of these factors you are able to reduce or remove the greater the likelihood you will have more complete recovery. Overlooking any significant interference will result in a frustrating outcome.
By training the doctor has access to a set of additional tools and equipment that you do not have. This is why you hired a doctor in the first place. The tools and equipment are essential for the job but are only as helpful as the expertise with which they are applied.
To remove the physical stress on the disc, the most effective and safest method is using non-surgical spinal disc decompression. We use the DRX-9000 for this purpose. It is a tool that allows us to accomplish a specific physiological effect of restoring improved function to the disc.
Feel confident that the decompression procedure always does the job of rhythmically opening and releasing the spinal bones. From this aspect it always works. It is a physical force applied to a physical object and may be expected to follow the laws of physics resulting in a known physical effect.
While decompression therapy is an important part of a disc recovery plan, in most cases the best result comes from using it as one tool in a more comprehensive plan and not as an isolated step.
If you are not healing as rapidly as you would like to, first talk to your doctor. There may be additional steps that can be taken to minimize more of the interfering stresses and allow more rapid healing. And then check and see if there are lifestyle changes you can make that will allow your body to progress with less interference.
Above all, be patient. Healing takes time. The stuff in your disc takes a full six months to heal properly. We've seen people who have slow recovery initially but their pain relief improves over the next several months as the tissue heals. So let it heal. Don't overload during the healing process. Remember to avoid the BLT (Bending, Lifting, Twisting) activities. Too much, too soon will 'rip the scab' and undo all the time and effort you put into fixing the disc in the first place.
And if the doctor recommends additional treatment or rehab therapy, DO IT. You have to get enough work on the tissue to make the change. Remember the old Greek myth of Sisyphus? He pushed a boulder up the hill but always quit before he reached the top so the boulder rolled back down the hill again. If you don't do enough, then there is not enough healing and the tissue never gets strong enough to be stable.
The right treatment plan includes the right work at the right place at the right time and will produce the right results.