Compressed Disc Syndrome

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This is a top view of a spinal disc (this particular one is a low back disc).  Discs are composed of outer annular rings surrounding a jelly like center (nucleus pulposis).  Discs attach the vertebrae together and at the same time allow for motion and shock absorption. Spinal discs rely on the fact that we are […]

The pain of scar tissue

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AS part of the healing process, healing of injures, including surgical procedures, result in scar tissue. If you’ve ever experienced scarring on your body you know that the scar tends to feel stiffer and less elastic than the surrounding skin. Scar tissue is made of collagen and it is  stiffer and tougher than the original […]

Total Disc Replacement for Chronic Low Back Pain

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Most of us know or have heard of someone who has had remarkable success with knee or hip replacement surgery, but is joint replacement possible for spinal joints? Present and emerging technology now allows for replacement of degenerated spinal discs. Spinal discs are often a source of back pain and with this increasing types of […]

Non-surgical axial spinal decompression

Non-surgical spinal decompression

Non-surgical axial spinal decompression (referred to as simply ‘non-surgical spinal decompression’ in this article) is a term used to describe a relatively new treatment which involves using a comfortable computer controlled table, to follow the programming indicated by a physician, for the purpose of providing distraction, unloading, traction, or ‘decompression’ to a portion of the […]

Spinal fusion for non-specific back pain is no good

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Spinal fusion surgery can be helpful for serious spinal fractures and instabilities, but according to the Mayo Clinic, spinal fusion for non-specific back pain is no more effective than non-surgical treatment. Meanwhile, the National Center for Biotechnology Information reports that spending on spinal fusions from 1992 to 2002 jumped from $75 million to $482 million—a  […]

Smoking statistics in the United States

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Chronic tobacco smoking is associated with increased back pain and are often dramatically helped by all-natural back care options such as chiropractic care. We believe this may be due to disturbed oxygenation of deep spinal tissues by tiny arterioles damaged by smoking.  Inhaling other forms of air pollution may also have this effect. An article […]

Naughty spinal nerve numbness, tingling & weakness

Inflammed Compressed Nerve Roots

Leading spine researchers, such as Ian MacNab, MD, have suggested that inflammation is a key component to leg or arm pain caused by pressure on a nerve root.  MacNab describes this enhanced sensitivity to the spinal nerve root caused by inflammation in his book, Backache.  He further suggests that a normal non-inflamed nerve root is […]

Excessive loading causes back, hip and knee arthritis

Many people have have one lower extremity which is slightly longer than the other.  This could be due to a flatter foot arch on one side, excessively worn knee or hip cartilage, or a fracture. Some individuals have a lower extremity which is significantly longer than the other and this creates excessive loading within the […]

Acceleration of Healing With Game Ready

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Sometimes the simplistic approach of passively watching our injuries slowly heal isn’t an option because we need to get back in the game as soon as we can.  Cold & compression treatment can help us do just this. But is there an easier way than to wed ourselves to drippy ice bags or cold packs? […]

Back reinjury factors addressed at Puyallup Chiropractic & Spinal Decompression Center

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Back Re-injury Factors Male gender Physically demanding occupation Fast pace work enviroment Heavy lifting Excessive work ‘Whole Body’ Vibration Widespread pain Severe pain Poor score on back questionnaires Prior similar injury Time loss due to back injury Prior work injury claims Overall number of  days missed from work due to poor health Blaming Fear avoidance […]