Edwin Barry, DC is a Board Certified Chiropractic Orthopedist who specializes in all types of laser treatments, including those used to relieve the pain of herniated discs and other back injuries. The doctor and his staff at Avalon Laser Therapy serve patients who live in Voorhees Township, New Jersey and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Herniated discs can be caused by auto accidents, injuries associated with slip and fall accidents, improper lifting techniques, and athletic injuries. A herniated disc is the result of two vertebrae slipping out of their normal position and putting pressure on the small, gelatinous disc located between them. As the pressure builds on one side of the disc, the other side begins to bulge out the other side, moving outside of the protection of the bony rings of the vertebrae. The constant pressure can weaken the disc causing it to rupture or leak. Without treatment or at least relieving the pressure on the disc, the pain can become chronic and can dramatically reduce a patient's quality of life.
Laser technology can help relieve the pain of herniated discs and many other back problems. While decompression therapy and physical therapy can help reduce the pain and inflammation, laser technology can help to increase cell reproduction and improve the stability of the vertebral column. Lasers use intense light pulsations or waves to target the treatment area. This triggers cell production and also targets tendons and ligaments that are inflamed and swollen. By reducing the inflammation, the pain and discomfort can be effectively controlled and managed. Because laser technology is non-invasive, it offers many benefits on top of reducing the time the body needs to heal. Dr. Barry frequently combines laser with a specialized traction therapy known as spinal decompression to achieve the best clinical outcome.
Not all herniated discs can be prevented. Accidents do happen, and degenerative forms of bone disease can compromise the structure of the spine, resulting in the bone enduring wear and tear. As the wear and tear continues or an injury is left untreated, a herniated disc can result. A person can take precautions, however, to minimize the risk of a herniated disc or other types of back problems. A diet that supports good bone health, regular exercise, and sleeping on a mattress that supports the head, spine, and hips are just a few of the ways a person can protect their back and reduce the risk of painful injuries.