Back pain due to a herniated or bulging disc can be debilitating, and in the past, surgery was the answer. Today, we have highly-successful advanced technology that allows us to relieve this pain without surgery. We use a system that combines a machine with an exceptionally relaxing effect called intersegmental traction (IST).
Using this intersegmental traction machine, we are able to create a custom treatment plan that decompresses the spine and encourages the herniated or bulging material back into the disc. The IST is supervised by one of our highly trained staff. It gently stretches and relaxes the spine, which, over time, separates the vertebrae. This creates a vacuum-like effect that helps hydrate healthy discs and pulls the soft bulging disc material back into the disc. This can not only clear up back pain, but also any pain caused by the pressure put on the nerves. For example, patients who have a herniated disc in the lower back may have shooting sciatic pain down their legs. Relieving the herniated disc will cause that pain to vanish.
Treatment time and frequency will depend on each patient’s unique condition; however, each IST treatment is usually about ten to fifteen minutes. Patients usually have treatment a few times a week, and are typically finished based on functional results.
If you are living in pain from a herniated or bulging disc, we will work with you to incorporate intersegmental traction that corresponds with your body. Instead of turning to dangerous pain medications that just cover up the problem, ask us if IST can help you.