Herniated Disc: aka: “Slipped Disc” A vertebral disc is the cartilaginous material between adjacent spinal vertebrae (spinal bones) and acts as a shock absorbing cushion to facilitate proper biomechanical joint function and reduce friction. The disc also acts as a spacer between adjacent vertebrae to allow the spinal nerve roots to exit the spine and supply nerve energy to various aspects of the body.
A disc can herniate (bulge or rupture) due to injury, repetitive stress, posture and weight gain, aging, and/or a vertebral subluxation. A vertebral subluxation is the partial dislocation of one vertebrae in relation to another causing altered biomechanical joint function which can then cause altered stress to the disc and thus disc degeneration, disc bulge, herniation, or rupture.
Disc Herniation can be associated with:
Neck or Lower Back pain
Radicular pain to the upper or lower extremities
Arm or leg weakness, tingling, and numbness
Pain ranging from dull to sharp
Muscle spasm and stiffness
Dr. Batson treats conditions of disc herniation through proper analysis; very specific chiropractic spinal manipulation techniques (Pierce technique); K-Laser Therapy for reduction of inflammation and pain, and improvement in circulation; Lordex Lumbar Decompression Therapy for rehabilitation of the lumbar disc and surrounding structures; and home exercise. Dr. Batson is a Palmer College of Chiropractic graduate, practicing in a solo practice for over twenty eight years. Dr. Batson utilizes the PIERCE RESULTS SYSTEM of spinal analysis and treatment consisting of utilizing Examination, X-ray analysis with Video-Fluoroscopy (motion X-Ray imaging), very specific chiropractic manipulation techniques, Lordex lumbar decompression therapy, and the K-Laser therapy. Dr. Batson treats patients of Willowbrook and the surrounding communities of Darien, Burr Ridge, Downers Grove, Hinsdale, Oakbrook, Claredon Hills, Western Springs, Lemont, Westmont, and communities of the Tri-State regions.