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Apr 24 2017

Did you know that eight out of ten Americans will experience debilitating back pain at some point in their lives? Most people have studied enough science to know that the spine consists of 24 vertebrae, cushioned by gelatinous discs. These are the components that help make the back flexible together with all the ligaments, muscles and nerves. The complexity of the spine could be considered a miracle, or a curse.

Most doctors would agree that the most common culprit of back pain is the inter-vertebral discs; whether one or more of them is herniated, or whether just worn out, arthritic and painful. Envision a picture of a herniated disc like a doughnut filled with jelly. When the jelly gets squeezed out, it presses on nerves, causing excruciating pain.

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Mar 25 2017

Even though almost everyone will have back pain at some point in their life, along with staying active, the benefit of specialized low back pain treatments is the best form of treatment. As one ages, loss of proper movement of the spinal joints will interfere with the healthy working of the spine and the nerves that pass through it. This nerve interference leads to chronic pain that just won’t go away without low back pain treatments.

As you have probably heard it said, “Pain is a warning sign and should not be ignored.” However, we still hear patients say, “I thought it would go away in a couple of days, but I’m still in pain.” A chronic problem can develop each time you have pain in the same area and it takes a little longer for it to go away until eventually it never goes away. This seems to be especially true in the case of low back pain.

Tired of dealing with pain every day? Through our innovative low back pain treatment, the DRS Protocol™, our team of chiropractic doctors at McKim Chiropratic have helped many patients rediscover a life without pain without traditional surgery or pain-killing drugs, and with the added benefit of a quick recovery process.

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Jan 30 2017

Have you been diagnosed with disc problems and are wondering how you will keep living with the never-ending pain? If so, your medical physician may have recommended spinal surgery. In cases of trauma or severe bone, disc and nerve damage, surgery may become necessary. However, the majority of people with back pain and/or sciatica never actually need it. Ask your doctor of chiropractic about back surgery alternatives before making a final decision.

What causes disc pain?

The intervertebral discs are the little pads that lie between the vertebrae. These discs separate the vertebrae as well as also join them together. Each disc has a tough outer ring (annular fibrosis) and a soft gel-like center (nucleus pulposi). They act like little shock absorbers, cushioning the bones so they don’t crash against each other as you walk, which would be very painful. Discs help give the spine its curve, flexibility and strength.

What is Disc Herniation?

There are two types of disc herniations: protrusions and prolapses. A protrusion can occur if the gel bulges, pushing the outer ring out of shape. A prolapse occurs if the nucleus bulges out so much that it actually separates from the rest of the disc. If the prolapsed disc cuts into the spinal cord or puts pressure on the nerves, it may cause severe pain that could make any motion, such as sitting, standing, walking, lifting, eliminating body wastes, sneezing, and coughing, nearly impossible. In extreme cases, foot or leg numbness or a loss of muscle control may occur.

Failed Back Surgery Syndrome

Of the thousands of surgical procedures performed each year for disc problems, medical authorities admit that many of those who have surgery could be in the same or worse pain after the operation. Unfortunately, if surgery is ineffective the first time, a second or third operation does not help. Even successful operations can cause scar tissue, permanent spinal weakness, distortion and instability.

Chiropractic care has an answer for you with back surgery alternatives, saving thousands of patients each year from unnecessary spinal surgery. Anyone facing the prospect of spinal surgery should, if possible, obtain the opinion of a doctor of chiropractic and information about back surgery alternatives before making a decision.

Our doctors at McKim Health Chiropractic treat patients with a back surgery alternative, the DRS Protocol™, a non-surgical spinal decompression therapy which relieves back pain associated with spinal and disc problems. Before prescribing a course of treatment, you will be given a thorough examination to determine whether you are a candidate for the DRS Protocol™ Therapy. Our licensed and certified staff is happy to help the residents of Boise, ID, Nampa, ID, and Caldwell, ID, take the first step on the road to recovery.

Feb 27 2017

Many patients will find the relief from pain with chiropractic spinal manipulation performed periodically. However, when chiropractic adjustments, physical therapy, massage therapy, epidurals, or surgery haven’t been effective in relieving your back pain, your chiropractor has another form of treatment that may be right for you. If you believe you may be a candidate for spinal decompression therapy, here are some questions and answer that may help you know the facts:

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Dec 27 2016

Last month we discussed the condition of the muscles that can develop into chronic pain for many people. If you are in this group of people, you may end up spending a lot of energy and money looking for a low back pain cure.  There is good news!  A chiropractor can help locate the root cause of your pain. If the cause is a muscular issue, you may notice one or more of the symptoms below:

• Spasms – When the facet joints or certain other structures in the spine become injured or inflamed, the large back muscles can spasm, causing low back pain and limited movement.

• Weakness – Lower back pain that continues longer than two weeks can lead to muscle weakness. This is because the tendency is to avoid using muscles that hurt. This in turn will cause back pain to increase because the back muscles are less able to help hold up the spine.

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