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April 5, 2010

Spinal Decompression
Is Your Back Pain Or Sciatica Caused By A Bulging Or Herniated Disk?
Signs Your Back Pain Is Caused by a Bulging Or Herniated Disc and What YouShould Do About It

By Dr. William Booker, D.C.

Dr. William Booker D.C.
Dr. William Booker D.C. holds a Doctorate of Chiropractic from the Cleveland College of Chiropractic, Los Angeles. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Virginia, where he graduated with a major in psychology and a minor in Biology. After completing his internship in Philadelphia, Dr. Booker relocated to Arlington to open the first Capitol Rehab inside of Gold’s Gym. Dr. Booker established Capitol Rehab-Arlington as the flagship for what would be the eventual opening of eight additional Capitol Rehabs located throughout Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland.

Although there are several causes of lower back pain; injuries, arthritis, tumors and infections, the overwhelming majority of lower back pain cases are the result of mechanical problems. Mechanical pain results from a lack of, or an excess of joint movement in the spine, as well as, an imbalance of overactive and inactive muscles around the spine. e most common result of mechanical problems is a condition called intervertebral disk degeneration, which simply means the deteriorating of disks between the vertebra of the spine as a result of improper wear and tear. As disks wear down, they lose their ability to provide cushioning and shock absorption for the spine, leading to increased pain from the disk. When diagnosing lower back pain, it is crucial to rule out disk involvement FIRST because of all of the mechanical back problems, a bulging, herniated or rupturing disc is the one condition most likely to result in a visit to the emergency room. In fact, should the disc actually rupture, surgery may be the only treatment option. I like to say that your body didn’t read the medical textbooks, so it can ultimately do whatever it wants. at being said, the 3 most common signs of a herniated disk are: 1. Sciatica or numbness, tingling, weakness or pain in the buttocks back, legs or feet 2. Pain is typically worsened with sitting or any bending at the waist 3. Increased back or leg pain with coughing or sneezing

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Spinal Decompression
(part 2 of 2) Is Your Back Pain Or Sciatica Caused By A Bulging Or Herniated Disk?

If you suffer from severe lower back pain, you are not alone. According to studies in the Archives of Internal Medicine: • 80 percent of Americans will suffer from lower back pain at some point in their lives • 1 in 4 American adults currently experience low back pain • And while only 3.9% of the population reported having debilitating back pain in 1992, the number had risen to 10.2 percent in 2006

ere are now conservative, non-surgical treatment options that are highly effective. Perhaps the most successful, yet least well known is Spinal Decompression. Spinal decompression, not to be confused with traction, gently lengthens and decompresses the spine, creating negative pressure within the discs. is “reversal pressure” creates an intradiscal vacuum, that: 1. Takes pressure off of pinched nerves 2. Helps to reposition bulging discs and pull extruded disc material back into place 3. Draws nutrients, oxygen and fluids back into the disc

• Average pain levels were reduced from 7.41 to 1.57 on the 0-10 Visual Analog Scale • 86% showed a 50% or better pain reduction at four years • 52% of respondents reported a pain level of zero, 4 years after treatment Spinal decompression should not be considered a “cure all” for back pain. In fact, the most successful cases usually included spinal decompression in a comprehensive program involving some form of rehabilitation of the spine, physical therapy and chiropractic. For more information feel free to visit us at our website, You may also call us directly at 703.527.5492 or send an email to Dr. Bill Booker is a member of the International Society of Clinical Rehabilitation Specialists

Capitol Rehab of Arlington : 801 N. Quincy, Suite 130 : Arlington, VA 22203 : 703.527.5492 : @capitolrehab :