Our first priority is to get the person out of pain.
This usually entails placing the patient on wedges to take pressure off the disc. As soon as the wedges are placed in the correct way the patient almost always reports a great relief of pain. We would then apply ice to decrease inflammation. The patient would be instructed on how to care for the back at home and to how to take pressure of the disc. This will aid them into quicker recovery and help a lot with the discomfort while we wait for the initial inflammation to subside. The patient usually feels a lot easier by the time they leave our clinic.
On the second visit, after about 3-4 days.
At this stage the patient should feel a a lot better. If the patient can tolerate treatment, we would try and start returning the spines natural movement. This can be done by adjusting the spine by hand or using an instrument and wedges. Treatment will depend on the severity of pain and on the patients’ preference or comfort.
Exercises and further instruction would be given on how to care for their back.
As soon as the patient can tolerate light stabilization exercises, we would show them how to exercise the back to make it more resilient and fitter while we return as much of the natural mobility to the spine through very specific adjustments. (Adjustments are described here link)