How do you treat a herniated disc?

Disc injuries suck. They’re painful. Stabbing and burning pain in the low back, hips, and legs. It feels like nothing can make it better. Maybe this super weird position I sit or stand in, but generally, in my everyday life, nothing helps.

I can’t sleep, I can’t sit, I can’t stand. I can’t exercise, I can’t bend over, I can’t go to the bathroom. I just can’t anymore.

If you’re dealing with pain, tingling, or numbness down your hips or legs, there’s a good chance you’re dealing with a herniated or bulging disc.

How do you treat a herniated disc or bulging disc?
Most people think that a herniated disc means surgery. Fortunately, they’re wrong.

While yes, surgery is an option, we find that the success rate is all over the map. We read some research indicating that surgery is 60-80% effective. That’s a 20-40% failure rate!

“I recommend you let me cut into your spine and take this piece of disc out. What are the risks? Well 20-40% of the time it doesn’t work.”

These don’t sound like great odds in our opinion. We may be biased because we typically see so many patients that are “surgical candidates” that end up pushing back or even canceling their surgeries altogether.

How you may ask? Non-surgical Spinal Decompression is how.

Non-surgical spinal decompression appears to be the best way to naturally reduce disc bulges and herniations.

What is happening in a disc bulge or herniation?

In a disc bulging or herniation situation, you have a soft disc between the bones of your spine, that was either loaded too heavy or too fast, you moved in the wrong position, or the muscles surrounding that area weren’t strong or coordinated enough to support the simple movement you just made. Whatever happened to cause this, you ended up with herniated disc material encroaching on your spinal column, or your spinal nerves, causing spinal stenosis, and ultimately pain, tingling, and numbness in the low back or down the leg.

Once these discs herniate, they usually produce pain FROM the disc itself, and if they’re herniated enough into the lateral recess of the spine (the hole that the nerve comes out) they can compress the nerve and cause symptoms like sciatica, or burning, numbness, cramping, or tingling into the lower leg or foot. These symptoms can feel unrelenting. They can keep you from sleeping, walking normally, sitting or standing, washing the dishes, driving, etc. These symptoms can completely ruin your life.
Most people think that the only option to treat herniated discs is surgical intervention. Many people try PT, the chiropractor, injections, braces, giving up everything, yet they’re still in pain. They can’t sleep, they can’t work, they can’t do ANYTHING because of the pain. It won’t stop.

Well, I am here to tell you about another option. It’s called nonsurgical spinal decompression, and it’s an amazing new technology.

I have never seen such incredible results in my life for our patients.

We are consistently watching people cancel their spinal surgeries because they’re responding so well to our Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression program. Our program is like no other program. The technology we use helps us identify EXACTLY the position you need to be in to have success. And people can show results in as little as 1-2 weeks. It’s incredible.

I’m thinking of a particular patient.

She responded to one of our ads regarding disc herniations. We connected. I was heartbroken to hear she had surgery scheduled within 1 month of our consultation. She said she had tried everything. She listed the therapies off and they all sounded familiar. I knew she hadn’t tried everything because she had never been in our office.

I hated to see her go through surgery knowing that there was a 20-40% failure rate. I wanted the opportunity to help.

She gave it to me.

We were able to get 12 decompression treatments in by the date of her scheduled surgery.

Guess how she was feeling the day of her scheduled surgery?

Dr. Russell Teames at Desert Brain and Spine

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I went to Dr. Teames for some back pain, neck pain, and mostly dizziness that I was experiencing. He helped me out in my very first treatment and I walked out of his office already feeling better! He gave me exercises to perform at home to continue improving between visits.

I really enjoy the fact that he performs tests and relies not only on my feedback but actual data. I have improved tremendously over my time with him. He helped me get rid of my dizziness as well as helped me with my anxiety.

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Dr. Teames has been a lifesaver for us. My 14 yr old daughter has severe and complex TMJ due to bite issues and two past concussions. She was in level 7-10 pain all day. We had spent almost 15k seeing dentists, orthodontists, and TMJ specialists, doing PT twice a week, and using multiple supplements and medications to treat her. She was making no progress in her treatment. We finally came to see Dr. Teames and he very quickly narrowed down what her brain, neck, and eyes were doing and needed. In the first week of treatment with Dr. Teames, she had her first progress with the dental splint that was stabilizing her joints (she had worn this device for 4 months with no improvement). Over the next two weeks, her pain finally started to come down. He gave her exercises to do at home that helped strengthen her eyes so much that she could finally get through a full day of school.

Our only regret is that Dr. Teames wasn’t the very first doctor we saw. Because it would have saved us about 9 months of treatment and thousands of dollars.

Dr. Teames is also so friendly, and knowledgeable, and always made my kid really comfortable. We drive over an hour both ways, twice a week to see him, and if we lived out of state we would have flown in! He’s the best there is!

Highly recommend.

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I took a chance coming in from out of state for the intensive program Dr. Teames offers. In our two phone consultations beforehand, I was impressed how he listened and then had me run blood work that my team of doctors here had overlooked. It led to a significant finding which greatly influenced my treatment going forward.

Once I arrived, I continued to be impressed. The amazing thing is that Dr. Teames completely looked at me as a whole – my brain, my body, and my biochemistry. He listened intently and compassionately, providing insight on symptoms I have been dealing with for decades - chronic and acute pain, vertigo, tingling in the hands and feet, etc. He is passionate about what he does, and related to me genuinely without any arrogance or condescension. He was extremely knowledgeable and experienced in dealing with the multiple symptoms I had and how those symptoms affected my mind and body.

What I also liked is that from day one there were neurological and physical exercises I could do to help myself. These were all based on data he got from the neurological testing he did. He continued to tweak these as needed.

One wow moment that first day was that with just a couple of techniques he used, I was able to lift my arm up to 80%, which is crazy! Before that I had been to two months of physical therapy for my locked shoulder with very little improvement.

I left Desert Brain And Spine with a plan including exercises that I will continue, as well as how to use my practitioners here. Just as importantly, I left there with hope and a belief that I will continue to feel better and resolve my symptoms.

Connie F.

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