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Can an L4 L5 Disc Bulge Be Cured?

Thursday, September 6th, 2018

Can an L4-L5 Disc Bulge be Cured with Treatment? Explained By Chiropractor in Vaughan, Dr. Walter Salubro

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Vaughan – Is an L4 L5 disc bulge curable? Can L4 L5 disc bulge be repaired? Can it get back to normal? Can it be resolved, an L4 L5 disc bulge. In fact, can any disc bulge be fixed or resolved? That’s one of the common questions I get asked in my comment section below my videos on my YouTube channel (www.YouTube.com/drwaltersalubro), so I want to answer this question for you today.

Hi, my name is Dr Walter Salurbo from Back to Health Chiropractic Center in Vaughan, Ontario. One of the most commonly asked questions I get is about disc bulges and what kind of options can be done to help prevent surgery and how could the problem that causes the bulge be corrected? So, I want to address this today.

Most people ask me if it’s curable or not and I understand why they’re asking. Many people have been found to have a disc bulge with associated symptoms such as low back pain, muscle stiffness, restricted mobility, shooting pain down the legs, like sciatica, radiating pain down the legs, numbing and tingling, discomfort or irritation down the legs. That’s a concern and it’s very disabling to have these type of low back conditions and symptoms.

The truth is, many people that I have talked to in my comments section and in my YouTube channel have told me that they want to prevent surgery. They want to know if this bulge is actually fixable. Now, let me address that and clear up some misconceptions and confusion.

The truth is that if you have a disc bulge or herniation, it’s very possible to receive certain types of treatment and care that will help you get back to a normal level of function in your life. It’s also very possible for surgery to be prevented.

Now, I don’t use words like cured. I don’t know if a disc bulge can actually be cured. What I do know is that the associated symptoms that come with this bulge can be cleared up. And I do know that people can actually return back to a normal function.

How? Because I’ve seen this day in and day out, week in, and week out in my office. I think what’s important to know is that it’s not so much about curing the disc bulge, but it’s more about correcting the structural problem that led to derangement in the disc, the disruption of the disc, or even the disc bulge. So let me explain.

UntitledHere’s a spinal model. The low back spinal model. So there’s five vertebra and in between each bone, we have our discs. This here would be an example of a disc bulge . This is a lateral disc bulge, some others are posterior lateral, which means back into the side and some go centrally meaning straight back. So once the disc is disrupted and it’s bulged, that’s essentially irreversible, permanent damage to that disc. Whether it loses height, or it becomes dried up, that’s irreversible damage to the disc. So, you’re not going to really change much of that structural disruption of the disc. However, what I want to know is what caused it, what led to that disruption and to that bulge?

If someone’s spine was tilting like that, then that can lead, over the years and decades, to a disruption in the fibers of the disc that causes the inside nucleus to actually bulge out. So my question is what caused this alignment problem or what’s going on to cause a disruption of the disc and is it an alignment problem?

What if the alignment problem is going forward. Then that will disrupt the disc forward and also possibly bulge it backwards. What if it’s going backwards? That again can disrupt the disc and bulge it backwards. So the appropriate question is what can be actually done to correct the structural abnormality to reduce the pressure on the irritation on the disc and thereby alleviate the inflammation and inflammatory response that’s associated with the disc bulge and therefore alleviate all of the associated symptoms that come with that?

And one of the best things that I’ve seen and helped a lot of people with this is corrective chiropractic care and chiropractic care in general. This involves adjusting and correcting the actual spinal misalignments, also called subluxations. And in doing so, when you realign the spine into a better position, a more optimal ideal position, what it does biomechanically and structurally, is it reduces the abnormal stress on the discs that led to the disruption and bulge in the first place. And in doing so, when the abnormal stress is eliminated, now the disc actually has time to breathe essentially, to actually exist free of irritation. Therefore, there’s no need for the body to produce an inflammatory response and when there’s no inflammation, there is no swelling and all the cardinal signs that come with inflammation; the blood flow and the irritation that goes there that triggers pain response. So, all of that begins to get reduced and eliminated and that’s what happens with many of my patients that have a disc bulge, as we correct the structural underlying problem, misalignment of the spine.

If someone doesn’t feel it, it’s most likely still there, and I’ve seen that in MRI reports, but I have many patients that that are doing better with their bulge condition. They have reduced back pain by 90 percent or even eliminated the actual progression to surgery and reduced their intake of medication. They are walking, standing and bending normally. They are back working and playing and doing all the things in their day to day life that they want without the drugs, without the surgery and gained their strength back with specific chiropractic adjustments. And, of course, we also provide supportive recommendations such as core exercise, training, mobilization, balance work, and a bunch of other things to add to the stability of the spine.

I hope this answers the question if a disc bulge can be cured and the key is to remember that it’s not so much about curing or fixing the disc bulge, but to correct the structural abnormality or the structural misalignment, also called subluxations, of the spine that led to the disruption of the disc.

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Can Chiropractic Help Children With Learning Disabilities?

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010
Are school-aged children getting healthier or sicker?  I came across a Statistic Canada survey that helped shed some light on this question.  The results of this survey were quite revealing. I’ll review some of the findings here, but first let me share this story with you.

This week in our chiropractic wellness clinic, I had a conversation with a patient who is a grade 8 teacher.  I was particularly curious of the prevalence of children in his class with learning disabilities.  This is what I learned …

The teacher said that 1 in 5 (20%) students in his class have been diagnosed with a learning disability, such as ADD or ADHD.  He also said that a lot of learning disabilities go unreported, so the prevalence is likely higher.  And, that this is fairly common in most classrooms at his school.

Statistic Canada, in a 2006 study entitled “Participiation and Activity Limitation Survey”, reported that there is a increase in disabilities amongst children aged 14 and under.  The findings showed that amongst children aged 14 and under, about 202,350 (3.7%) reported a disability of some kind in 2006.  This is up from 2001 which was at 3.1%.

In this group, 69.8% of children aged 4 and under had a disability related to a chronic health condition – the most common health conditions reported were asthma, severe allergies, attention deficit disorder, and autism.

For children aged 5 to 14, the study reported that 66.6% of these children had chronic health conditions.  Learning disabilities affected 69.3% of children in this age group.

Overall, there was a large increase in learning disabilities from 2001 to 2006 for both children and adults.

At Back To Health Chiropractic Centre, our our vision is family health and wellness … which means our vision is for families in our community to be fully healthy, happy and flourishing.  To our Back To Health Chiropractic team, healthy families does not mean just mom or dad on the wellness path.  Family health  especially includes children living to their full human potential.

I really like the  World Health Organization’s definition of health, which is …

“Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” 1

Unfortunately, many children are not living in a “complete physical, mental and social well-being” as the learning disability prevalence is increasing.

So if health means “complete physical, mental and social well-being”, how are we doing when chronic health conditions and learning disabilities are increasing in the school-aged population?

In our chiropractic wellness clinic, we care for children that present with chronic health conditions and learning disabilities.  Although most adults come into our clinic with pain complaints of some sort (like headaches, back pain, neck pain), most children in our clinic don’t present with pain conditions.  They present with health conditions such as asthma, allergies, bed-wetting, digestive problems, ADD/ADHD and autism.  I have seen chiropractic be helpful for children with these types of health conditions.  However, chiropractic is not a treatment for any of these health conditions.

A chiropractor assesses the spine to find spinal misalignments (subluxations).   Why is this important?  Because spinal misalignments can alter the quality and quantity of nerve input to and from the brain.  Altered nerve input to and from the brain can cause problems to the body.  To correct a spinal misalignment, the chiropractor delivers a specific scientific chiropractic adjustment, which removes interference on the nervous system and improves the nerve input to and from the brain.  Now, the body is in a position to function and heal optimally because all healing and body function is controlled by the brain. This is why chiropractors will see many people, adults and children alike, respond positively to a variety to different health conditions.

So can chiropractic help children with learning disabilities? Let’s look at this study…

In a 2007 literature review study by Dr. Yannick Pauli, published in the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research (JVSR), Dr. Pauli suggested that although more research is necessary in this area, chiropractic care may have a positive role in individuals suffering from learning disabilities and dyslexia.2   A lot has to do with restoring function to the child’s nervous system by correcting vertebral subluxations (spinal misalignments).

Chiropractic care for children is safe and effective.  Ask your family wellness chiropractor how chiropractic can be of benefit to you and your family.

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1. WHO Website. http://www.who.int/about/definition/en/print.html

2. Pauli, Yannick, D.C.The Effects of Chiropractic Care on Individuals Suffering from Learning Disabilities and Dyslexia: A Review of the Literature. Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research (JVSR). January 15, 2007, pp 1-12.

“My Nervous System, Why Keep It Free Of Interference?”

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

nerves_and_body_systemsThe nervous system is the master system which controls and coordinatates the function of every organ, tissue, structure and cell in your body.  Signals from your brain travel up and down your spinal cord.  The spinal cord, which is protected by the bones of your spinal column, branches out into 31 pairs of nerves.  These spinal nerves branch further to reach out to all the structures and organs of your body.  Chiropractors focus on optimizing the spinal column to keep the spinal cord and spinal nerves free of stress and interference.

The only part of the nervous system that is protected by bones is your brain and your spinal cord.  The primary purpose of the hard bones of your spinal column is to protect the delicate spinal cord, just like the skull protects the delicate brain.  Normal ideal posture reflects a spine that is in a normal neutral position – which is straight from the front view and 3 natural curves from the side view.  A chiropractor is trained to check for any postural deviations or misalignments.  The position and alignment of the spinal bones is best seen on xrays.  Many chiropractors either take xrays in their own clinics while some chiropractors refer out for xrays.

Research has shown that when the spinal column is in a neutral normal position, as described above, it is in the best position to naturally protect the spinal cord.

However, research has also shown that when the spinal column is shifted or misaligned, it puts pressure on the delicate spinal cord and on the spinal nerves leading to interference of those crucial nerve signals traveling to and from the brain to your body.

That is the effect of spinal misalignments (subluxations) – they interfere with the all-important nerve signals that give life to all your body parts and organs.  Chiropractors are trained to detect these spinal misalignments and correct them.

So, knowing that the nervous system controls how your body functions and how your body heals, it makes perfect sense to want to keep the spinal cord, spinal nerves and nervous system free of interference.  A chiropractor can help you with this.

Finding and correcting spinal misalignments for the purpose of keeping a healthy and optimally functioning nervous system is the focus of chiropractic adjustments and chiropractic care.  This is exactly what we do everyday at Back To Health Chiropractic Centre.