A disc is the soft tissue between the bones of the spine. This tissue is a fibrous ligament. The disc is not just floating in space between the bones. The disc is attached to the bone above and below it by soft tissue fibers. The disc is a ligamentous, fibrous, cartilage. Of all the anatomical structures in the spine, the disc is the most prone to injury.
When the disc is injured, it will do 4 things:
1) It will swell.
2) It will weaken.
3) It will bulge or herniate.
4) It will dehydrate and thin.
After all this happens the process will repeat, but this time with an even weaker more susceptible disc. As this process happens again and again, symptoms may come and go causing the person to think the problem is gone. Unfortunately the problem is there, but the body is just compensating giving a false sense of security. This process can occur over and over for weeks or even years and the whole time the spinal structures are degenerating and becoming harder to repair.
The problem in all of these scenarios is the way that this disc dysfunction affects the structures around it. When the disc swells, it causes the surrounding nerves to be squeezed and the surrounding muscles to spasm. This causes a spinal shift and pain. When the disc weakens it is much more likely to bulge or herniate causing direct nerve or spinal cord pressure that is unrelenting and disabling for a time. When the disc dehydrates or thins, the holes in the spine where the nerves exit become too small and cause boney nerve pressure causing pains and dysfunctions in distant parts of the body such as arms, hands, legs and feet.
The discs in the spine are fully capable of healing when they are damaged. Unfortunately, in most cases they don’t heal properly and there is a reason for this lack of proper healing. The reason they don’t heal properly is gravity and the effects of gravity on the spinal structures. You see in order for a person to have any rigidity to the spinal structures and to be able to sit or stand upright the spinal muscles must have tone and squeeze the spinal bones together. This rigid, but flexible spine is the anchor for all other structures of the body to attach to to allow for upright posture and movement.
This blessing of gravity and resultant muscle tone can also be a curse for someone with a spinal disc injury. This squeezing of muscle tone surrounding the joints and allowing for upright posture is also the reason that the injured disc cannot heal properly. The squeezing keeps the bulged or herniated part from healing. In order to heal a disc long term the effects of gravity on the muscles must be eliminated over a period of time. This elimination of tone around the joint will allow the disc to reenter its normal confines and heal normally.
The technology exists to fix this long term and to decrease pain quickly. I have this technology in my office. This treatment is actually a combination of 2 treatment techniques and technologies. One is the Magnesphere and the other is the DRX9000.