Maine Spine & Nerve Institute - The Back and Neck Surgery Alternative
In the Portland area, patients seeking back pain and neuropathy relief have many healthcare options.
And from clinic to clinic, they're likely to encounter a diverse range of recommendations. For the same set of spine and nerve symptoms, some providers may prescribe pain medication, and others may recommend back or neck surgery. Lately, though, more and more providers are recommending that patients start with a non-invasive treatment approach.
At Maine Spine & Nerve Institute, we specialize in that approach.
We begin by diagnosing the origin of your pain, and then proceed to correct the underlying condition through non-surgical spinal decompression therapy.
After a course of treatment here, many of our patients are able to avoid surgery and expensive, addictive prescriptions. And we've even been able to achieve success in patients who have gone through failed back surgery.
If you're struggling with spine and nerve symptoms, we'd love to see if we could help. The initial consultation is free, and you can request your appointment by filling out the form above on this page.
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Many people in Maine, throughout the nation, and around the world suffer from chronic back pain. How widespread is this problem? CDC statistics compiled in 2013 show that nearly one-third of American adults (29.0%) reported lower back pain in the previous 90-day period.
The cause of back pain varies. However, if you are currently experiencing radiating pain that extends down to your foot, you may have a herniated or “slipped” spinal disc – in which case an effective herniated disc treatment can help you relieve pain and recover your quality-of-life.
This health condition is far more common than we might think from looking at the number of people who get diagnosed – because disc issues do not always lead to perceivable symptoms. According to one study of people who did not report back pain, more than half were found to have a bulging disc, and 1 out of 5 had a disc’s core that was partially or fully herniated.
What if you are in pain or suffering from other symptoms, though? What herniated disc treatment options are safe and effective?
Simple DIY techniques
If your herniated disc pain is mild, you should be able to get relief from easy DIY methods. Application of ice or heat can deliver temporary alleviation. Getting plenty of sleep and resting from intense workouts for several days can help. If you try these approaches and are still in pain, seek professional care.
You want to limit the amount of stress that is experienced by the herniated disc. That means avoiding high heels; sustained bouts of standing or sitting; and stomach-down sleeping. Put your knees and hips into action when lifting anything heavy, maintaining a straight back. Make sure you maintain a strong alignment whether you are sitting or standing (since good posture will generally reduce strain).
Stretching & workouts
Stretches and exercises can help to improve your circulation and flexibility, reducing the pain of a herniated disc. Go with simple aerobic exercises and stretches. Yoga, Pilates, walking, swimming, and biking are all good forms of exercise, as long as you are being careful not to exacerbate the pain.
Spinal decompression for herniated discs
When the above techniques do not help people in relieving their pain, they will often turn to surgery or medication. However, there is another option: non-surgical spinal decompression therapy. This treatment reduces internal pressure, allowing disc material to move back into proper position. Furthermore, when you use spinal decompression for herniated discs, oxygen, hydration, and nutrients flow into the spine, optimizing the healing environment.