Degenerative Disc Disease

Herniated Disc
As a disc degenerates, it can herniate (the inner core extrudes) back into the spinal canal, which is known as a disc herniation. The intervertebral cartilage cushions between the bones collapse - and the cushioning material (like the soft center of a lozenge) migrates out through the channels in the bone to hit the nerve behind it, often surgery being the only known option. The weak spot in a disc is directly under the nerve root, and a herniated disc in this area puts direct pressure on the nerve, which in turn can cause pain to radiate all the way down the patient’s leg to the foot. 90% of disc herniations will occur at L4- L5 (lumbar segments 4 and 5) or L5- S1 (lumbar segment 5 and sacral segment1), which causes pain in the L5 nerve or S1 nerve, respectively.

After the more conservative approach of waiting to see if the disc will heal on its own, any of the following maybe tried :

•Physical therapy
•Osteopathic/chiropractic manipulations
•Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
•Oral steroids (e.g. prednisone or methyprednisolone)
•An epidural (cortisone) injection

Surgical treatment is the common mode of treatment suggested for patient's suffering lumbar herniated disc.

For neck, back, lower back pain and sciatic pain due to a herniated disc, 3 treatment sessions over a 3 month period are recommended . Each treatment session takes 2 weeks that requires 6 WHITEE Patches to treat the disc area with one 100ml LC Balancer. A 2-week break is suggested following the treatment session. Patients may continue taking the LC Balancer during the break. After the 1st session, patients should experience significant symptom reduction. During the break, they may experience a return of some pain, but the pain reduction should be stablized at ~50% level depending on the individual patient's condition. After the 2nd treatment session, patient may get ~75% total symptom elimination. The 3rd treatment session is recommended in the 3rd month for sustained results. If the pain level is close to the original intensity during the break, the LC Balancer should be taken at 2-3 times a day instead of 1 time a day. For extremely severe case of herniation, the maximum pain reduction may be at 50% after 3 treatment sessions and longer period of treatment may be required. For aging related disc herniation, if patients experience the pain again later on, they may need another treatment session.

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