Many patients report a reduction in pain after the first few treatment sessions and may feel they have had all the treatments they need. This is wonderful sign, but the scientific reality is that the healing process is NOT finished. Quitting the treatment regimen early usually results in a relapse of symptoms, as well as wasted time and money.
As with all wounds, tears in the disc wall need time to heal. The absence of pain does not mean the tears have had time to seal up, which is crucial in preventing the newly retracted nucleus pulposus from escaping and putting pressure back on the nerves.
It is important for long term results to complete the patient specific treatment plan. Patients can contribute to their successful recovery by adopting lifestyle changes that promote spine health.
- You have any retained surgical hardware (titanium rods or fusion cages)
- You have been diagnosed with a clinically unstable back (spondylolisthesis)
- You have a rare conditions such as spinal infections, or cancer.
- You have sustained a recent vertebral fracture.
- You suffer from severe osteoporosis.
- You have ankylosing spondylitis
- You have an abdominal aortic aneurysm.
- You are pregnant.
- You have a chronic or severe back pain caused by bulging or herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, sciatica and/or facet syndrome.
- You have failed back surgery syndrome.
- You have been advised to consider surgery.