Occasional back pain, pain and numbness along the entire leg, neck pain, muscle spasm, headache, dizziness, ear ringing, arm numbing are all clear indicators of a problem. How to resolve these problems while avoiding surgery and how can to reduce pain? These are the questions we asked Dr. Zarko Radovic from Spinalis spine care center.
The most common problem involving back pain is discus hernia which usually occurs between the age of 30 and 50. The reason for this is that the natural process of spinal disc aging begins already in childhood and early youth, so it isn't uncommon for these problems to manifest already in people's 20's. The symptoms largely depend on the severity of the condition. Usually they manifest within L5/S1 levels, which is when the pain travels down the entire leg, all the way to the foot. There's usually shin pain as well, with strong muscle spasms and there can also occur foot falling and damages to the urinal tract (frequent urinating, inability to urinate, erectile dysfunction). When it comes to the neck, usually it's the C4/C5 and C6 that are affected. The pains travel up the arm with numbness and muscle weakness. Headaches and dizziness may occur with prominent degenerative changes as well as the narrowing of the vertebral arteries that provide nourishment for the brain (the headaches in this case usually occur on the back of the head, along with ear ringing, pain radiating towards the temples).
The goal of the treatment is to reduce and eliminate pain and it works on the cause of the problems in back and legs as well as removing potential neurological symptoms. This involves applying a new method that works on the source of the problem, SPINAL DECOMPRESSION THERAPY. Spine decompression is the only non-surgical, computer-controlled and diagnostically connected treatment that shows excellent results in severe cases of discus hernia, degenerative changes, arthritis, stenosis, spinal canal and pressure on nerve roots. Decompression therapy works in such a way that through the cycling phases of distraction, relaxation and proper disc positioning, we increase the space between the discs by a few millimeters, release the nerves between them and reduce pain, numbness, headache, dizziness and the feeling of weakness in the hands and feet. This treatment creates negative pressure and a vacuum effect in the discus itself, located between two discus which pulls on the discus hernia. The vacuum increases the circulation around the discus and treats inflammation. The decompression treatment stretches the receptors in the muscles and ligaments around the spinal column, reduces the pressure on the joints between the discus and increases spine mobility. Then it separates the vertebra and expands the intravertebral foramen, straightening the spine. This procedure is clinically proven to provide up to 85% efficiency, making it one of the most efficient ways to treat spinal pain, aside from surgery. At Spinalis center we have up to 85% treatment efficiency in about 10-12 treatments while for the neck part of the spine the process lasts about 6 treatments.