‘Slipped’ or prolapsed discs can have a major impact on our lives. They occur when there is damage to the outside of the disc and the inner part can bulge out. There are many complex factors which result in abnormal stress on the disc, but poor posture, abnormal stiffness, past injuries or poor muscle control are often involved.
‘Slipped’ discs are most common in the lower back, resulting in sciatica (sharp pain down the leg). But they can also happen in the neck, causing painful nerve entrapments in the arm, and often pain and numbness down into the hand.
Suffering from this condition can be particularly stressful for those with active jobs, as it can hinder the ability to work effectively. This is exactly the dilemma that faced Dewi Richards, a 53-year-old Corrective Exercise trainer. His livelihood depended on him being both fit and active, but a disc prolapse in his neck had left him with pain behind his left shoulder and painful pins and needles and tingling in his left hand, all of which were seriously affecting his work. After three months of physiotherapy there was no change and he was contemplating having to unwillingly change career.
But Dewi came to see us at the Sussex Back Pain Clinic to see if our IDD Therapy could help him. After a thorough assessment he commenced a month’s course of treatment to decompress his disc bulge, and the IDD Therapy, along with some rehabilitation exercise, reduced his pain significantly. Two months later he had no pain at all.
‘I found the IDD Therapy quite comfortable and relaxing,’ said Dewi. ‘I would recommend IDD to anyone with disc problems in the neck before considering more invasive options such as injections or surgery! I feel the combination of IDD and the corrective exercises helped address the root cause of the problem. I found the whole team at The Sussex Back Pain Clinic to be very professional and caring. I believe that the IDD Therapy along with the excellent rehabilitation exercises had a positive outcome on the disc prolapse in my neck.’
Established in Hove for over 25 years, the Sussex Back Pain Clinic specialises in the treatment of damaged spinal discs using non-invasive procedures. If you have a problem that has not responded to previous treatment and are concerned that it is adversely affecting your ability to work, get in touch to see if we could help you too.
Call us on 01273 201866 to discuss your condition or book in for an IDD Therapy Assessment appointment.
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Author: Steve Morris
As with all medical procedures results vary from person to person and cannot be guaranteed.