What is a herniated disc?
Herniated discs are often referred to as "slipped discs." This term is derived from the action of the center nucleus tissue when it is forced outward. The disc itself does not slip. However, the nucleus tissues in the center of the disc can be placed under so much pressure that the outer ring of cartilage, the annulus, ruptures against one or more of the spinal nerves. This can cause pain, numbness, or weakness in the lower back, leg or foot. Other names used for herniated discs are "prolapsed," "bulging," or "ruptured."
Treatments for herniated lumbar discs
What is the DRS System ?
The DRS System is a mechanized, high tech pain reduction and healing system that was developed after many years of research and development by a team of physicians including a renowned neurosurgeon. The DRS System offers an advanced technique to doctors for non-surgical treatment of the lumbar spine. The DRS System is manufactured with ultrafine components to achieve decompression.
How does it work?
Patients are fitted with unique chest and lumbar harnesses, and then step on to the loading platform where they are reclined to the supine position. The harnesses are connected to both the end of the table and Omnitower respectively. Arm supports are placed in the arm pit region immobilizing the upper torso. A special air bladder located in the lumbar belt is inflated creating a fulcrum thus focusing treatment to the L1 to L5 region. The lower pelvic belt is attached to the Omnitower, which is elevated 10 to 30 degrees above the patient. The combination of angle of pull and airbladder create a fulcrum pinpointing treatment to the L1 to L5 region. The system is quickly programmed for intervals of 60 seconds decompression followed by 30 seconds of partial relaxation.
What are the differences between Traction and the DRS Systems?
Traction disperses the energy of weights between the majority of spinal segments thus reducing the actual amount of pull necessary to create negative pressure. The DRS System isolates L1 through L5 by its unique air bladder system and angle of pull. Traction does not create high negative intradiscular pressure like the DRS System. Distraction on the DRS System is done on a logarithmic rate eliminating a proprioreceptor response commonly found in traction. The DRS System has a special miata blue light and wireless headphones for patient comfort and relaxation. The DRS System focuses on overcoming intrinsic muscle responses of the spine by relaxing the patient.