Back and neck pain are some of the most common pain complaints today. Sciatica is a form of low back pain the presents pain that starts in the low back and radiates in one or both of the legs. It can radiate a short distance from the low back or all the way down the leg into the foot. The further down the leg the worse the problem.

It can be so severe as to make it difficult to walk, sit, stand or bend. The pain can prevent a person from restful sleep by keeping them awake throughout the night.

Unfortunately the two most prescribed treatments are opioid medications, including, oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet, Percodan), Tylenol with Codeine and hydrocodone to name a few.

These drugs are heroine based and are very addictive. In 2014 almost 2 million  Americans abused or were dependent on prescription opioids. As many as 1 in 4 people who receive prescription opioids long term for noncancer pain in primary care settings struggles with addiction. Every day, over 1,000 people are treated in emergency departments for misusing prescription opioids. In 2015, more than 15,000 people died from overdoses involving prescription opioids.

The second most prescribed treatment is surgery. Surgery carries many risks, one being what is termed Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS). FBSS is a term used to explain what happens when a person undergoes surgery only to experience the same or worse pain upon completion of the surgery.

Failure of surgeon judgment will continue to lead to unsuccessful spine surgeries. Between 1998 and 2008, the number of lumbar fusions increased from 170,000 to more than 400,000. What is driving this rapid increase in the spine fusion rates? At the same time, more new, unproven spine procedures are being performed than ever before, which has led to more patients undergoing procedures that likely may prove ineffective in a few years. It is common to see a promising new spine technique developed and effectively marketed and used by many surgeons, only to find out later it does not work and may have helped generate another group of patients with FBSS.

Many states are passing laws trying to prevent these 2 treatments from being immediately prescribed and utilizing more conservative treatments including chiropractic, acupuncture and physical therapy.

At Ocean Integrated Wellness we utilize the most effective treatments available today to reduce symptoms from bulging discs which include sciatic pain and radiating pain down the arm(s). Using an advanced form of traction termed decompression, we can relieve the pain by reducing the pressure put on the nerve(s) by bulging disc(s).

Decompression is safe, effective and painless with no side effects and a high positive outcome. Most patients who receive decompression therapy will start to feel relief in a short period of time.

Many patients can quickly return to their normal daily activities. Restoring the disc and allowing the nerve to heal reduces the symptoms  and improves the patient’s well being.

 

 

 

 

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  2. Failed Back Surgery