Disc Injury/Herniated Disc - Your ICBC Injury Claim & Medical Advances
Here's the simplied version of what causes a herniated disc:
" The disc is like a fibrous doughnut" - Dr. Peter Munk , Vancouver Radiologist.
The discs in your lower back are situated between your vertebrae and act like shock absorbers.
" You get a herniated disc when an inner part of the disc bulges out through a weakened part of the disc" - Dr. Peter Munk
Accordingly to Dr. Munk the majority of herniated discs are located in the low back region.
The symptoms arrising from a herniated disc in the low back include pain in the back and legs as a result of pinching on the spinal nerves.
Traditionally, spinal decompression surgery and cortisone injections were the methods used to treat herniated discs in a person's low back region.
But Dr. Munk and others at Vancouver General Hospital are in the midst of testing a an ozone/oxygen injection treatment that may make treating herniated discs a whole lot less invasive and painful.
How does this ozone/oxygen injection treatment work ?:
" The treatment uses a combination of oxygen and ozone gas because its oxidating effect has been show to shrink bulging discs, reducing compession by pulling the herniated part away from the nerve root." - Pamela Fayerman, Vancouver Sun - May 7, 2013, edition.
Discussing the past success of ozone/oxygen therapy treatment in Europe ,with the Vancouver Sun, Dr. Munk indicated:
" There was a strong suggestion that patients got better more rapidly with the treatment . What we're hoping to see here is that through the ozone process, healing will occur rapidly and patients won't need other interventions like repeated steroid ( cortisone) injections and surgery..."
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