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Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Now In Gadsden

Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression

Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression is a revolutionary new technology used primarily to treat disc injuries in the neck and in the low back. This treatment option is very safe and utilizes FDA cleared equipment to apply distraction forces to spinal structures in a precise and graduated manner. Distraction is offset by cycles of partial relaxation. This technique of spinal decompression therapy, that is, unloading due to distraction and positioning, has shown the ability to gently separate the vertebrae from each other, creating a vacuum inside the discs that we are targeting. This “vacuum effect” is also known as negative intra-discal pressure.The negative pressure may induce the retraction of the herniated or bulging disc into the inside of the disc, and off the nerve root, thecal sac, or both. It happens only microscopically each time, but cumulatively, over four to six weeks, the results are quite dramatic.The cycles of decompression and partial relaxation, over a series of visits, promote the diffusion of water, oxygen, and nutrient-rich fluids from the outside of the discs to the inside. These nutrients enable the torn and degenerated disc fibers to begin to heal.For the low back, the patient lies comfortably on his/her back or stomach on the decompression table, with a set of nicely padded straps snug around the waist and another set around the lower chest. For the neck, the patient lies comfortably on his/her back with a pair of soft rubber pads behind the neck. Many patients enjoy the treatment, as it is usually quite comfortable and well tolerated.Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression is very effective at treating bulging discs, herniated discs, pinched nerves, sciatica, radiating arm pain, degenerative disc disease, leg pain, and facet syndromes. Proper patient screening is imperative and only the best candidates are accepted for care. Please call us today to determine if you are a candidate for this treatment. Call 256-494-8690.

Sciatica Hurts!

Sciatica Hurts!

Ever had that radiating pain down your leg? You may be suffering from Sciatica. Read on…..Pain that radiates from your lower (lumbar) spine to your buttock and down the back of your leg is the hallmark of sciatica. You may feel the discomfort almost anywhere along the nerve pathway, but it’s especially likely to follow a path from your low back to your buttock and the back of your thigh and calf.

The pain can vary widely, from a mild ache to a sharp, burning sensation or excruciating discomfort. Sometimes it may feel like a jolt or electric shock. It may be worse when you cough or sneeze, and prolonged sitting can aggravate symptoms. Usually only one lower extremity is affected.

Sciatica symptoms include:

  • Pain. It’s especially likely to occur along a path from your low back to your buttock and the back of your thigh and calf.
  • Numbness or muscle weakness along the nerve pathway in your leg or foot. In some cases, you may have pain in one part of your leg and numbness in another.
  • Tingling or a pins-and-needles feeling, often in your toes or part of your foot.
  • A loss of bladder or bowel control. This is a sign of cauda equina syndrome, a rare but serious condition that requires emergency care. If you experience either of these symptoms, seek medical help immediately. Read More→

Problems With Your Spine

Your spine is a critical part of your body. When it hurts, YOU hurt! Let’s look at some typical problems that people experience with their spine:

Degenerative disc disease & sciatica facts

  • The discs of the spine serve as “cushions” between each vertebral segment.
  • The discs are designed somewhat like a jelly donut.
  • Degeneration (deterioration) of the disc makes the disc more susceptible to herniation (rupture), which can lead to localized or radiating pain.
  • Sciatica can result from disc herniation when nerves in the low back are irritated.

How is the spine designed? Read More→

Read What One Of Our Patients Said About Spinal Decompression

Read What One Of Our Patients Said About Spinal Decompression

“ About twelve years ago I had  cervical fusion surgery to repair a ruptured neck disc. I did pretty well for a few years, however, around three years ago I began to have problems. Every time I turned my head to the left, my left arm would go numb and my neck would hurt. After being checked out, it was determined that the vertebra that had been operated on had begun to deteriorate. I did not want to be cut on again, so I decided to come to Dr. Mike McClellan. He evaluated my situation and sent me to a neurosurgeon at the Kirklin Clinic, who gave me an epideural shot to relieve the pain and allow Dr. Mike to perform chiropractic adjustments.
These past 18 months of adjustments have given me my life back. Before Dr. Mike, I was afraid I was going to be disabled from this ailment. The combination of my neurosurgeon and Dr. Mike’s treatment  have allowed me to have a normal life.

Around three years ago my then 80-year-old father fell at his church and ruptured one disc and herniated two others. His doctor wanted to do surgery, since my Dad couldn’t get out of bed! We decided to get him to Dr. Mike to get a second opinion. Are we glad we did! Instead of risking surgery on an 80 –year-old, we watched as Dr. Mike treated him with spinal decompression and chiropractic adjustments. In two weeks my Dad went from a walker to a walking cane.  At this point Dr. Mike referred him to a neurosurgeon for epidural shots and continued chiropractic treatments.   Three months later he was out in his yard doing yard work! Pretty impressive!

Most recently I was diagnosed with spondylolesthesis, which is a misalignment of the spine in my lower back. Dr. Mike has used spinal decompression and adjustments to try and relieve pain and bring the vertebrae back into alignment.   He is also sending me back to the neurosurgeon and hopefully epidural shots and continued adjustments will allow me to function normally without surgery.

As you can see, I am a believer. In chiropractic, decompression and Dr. Mike McClellan! If you are suffering from back or neck pain, please check with Dr, Mike first. Don’t risk surgery before you let him evaluate your situation. My Dad and I are both glad we did! “   Allen H.- Rainbow City