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July 9, 2016

by Dr.Yu

“Herniated discs” is a term that can often be heard anywhere. Recently I went to China and met an old friend from the hospital I worked in. As three years ago she talked about her husband’s herniated discs problem, and it was still not healed. There were also several other friends, even their children, who got the problem. As their friend I felt anxious for them. Therefore, I decided to write about the proper treatment of herniated discs.

 

 

 

Now, before starting on the subject, let us have a look at the major features of herniated discs: 

 

1. The strong feeling of pain will be concentrating in the back and legs;

2. Pain will happen often and will be happening repetitively due to long time sitting, driving, or carrying heavy subjects;

3. More importantly, this problem is self-curable——it can be healed.

 

When the above points are clear, method of treatment can be decided. For herniated discs, conservative treatment is the most popular all over the world. Surgery operation is always second or last choice.

 

I have been treating herniated discs for over 20 years, and here I would make some statements of my personal opinions:

 

 

    1. No traction therapy is required:

 

Traction therapy would indeed somehow enhance the treatment for some, and I used this method in the earlier years of my career. However, after several years of clinical study I found that with or without traction therapy shows no difference on the effects of treatment. Therefore I stopped using it because I believe the more conservative the treatment and the less the use of outside force means shorter treatment time.

 

 

    2. Massage is NOT recommended:

 

Physically, herniated discs is caused by extreme unbalance of forces between the spine discs. Massage, especially when being applied to the back will cause the stomach pressure to rise, resulting in more forces in the spine discs. This is why some patients become worse after receiving massage. I have seen many patients like this, the most serious one even become paralyzed. Therefore I do not recommend using massage to treat the problem.

 

 

    3. The best treatment:

 

Physical therapy such as osteopath, medicine, traditional Chinese herb medicine would have some effects. Yet the most effective way of healing herniated discs, out of my experience in China and Canada, is acupuncture. This is because of the quick and effective results and the degree safety due to no outside force is applied.

 

 

    4. Adjuvant therapy:

 

Exercising the muscle on the back and belly, under professional direction is very effective adjuvant therapy. However, one needs to know his limit and not pushing too much.

 

 

    5. TCM herbal treatment:

 

The herbal medicines that are aimed at strengthening the kidney and restoring the healing energy are also very effective for the treatment. According to this theory, our clinic made the “Back and Sciatica” herbal pills, which are widely loved by the patients.

 

 

    6. No matter how serious the situation of one patient, a cure is always possible.

 

Many patients are suffering from it for years, accompanying with lumbar spinal stenosis and pain or numbing in both the lower limbs. However, if they can take the right treatment consistently, they also have a chance to recover.

 

 

Above are my personal thoughts and opinions regarding herniated discs. I hope it can be helpful.

 

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        腰椎间盘突出,这个词到处都能听到。前几日我回国见到一个医院的老朋友。跟三年前见她一样,都说到了她先生的椎间盘突出症,这么久了还没医好。还有其他朋友和他们的孩子也都存在腰椎间盘突出的问题。作为他们的朋友,我真的感到焦急。因此当时我就决定下一篇文章要谈一谈如何正确地治疗腰椎间盘突出症。

 

        在谈到正题前,我还是要总体的说一下腰椎间盘突出症的几个特点:

 

1. 腰腿为主,疼痛感较强;

2. 多发,易复发,多因久坐,开车,或抬重物等引起加重;

3. 更重要的是,这是一种自愈性的疾病——这个病是可以治愈的。

 

 

        那么当大家明白了以上的道理后,就可以选择治疗了。不管是在中国还是其他国家,保守治疗都是首选,手术治疗都是第二或不得已的选择。

 

 

我致力于腰椎间盘突出症的治疗20余年了,因此我就大胆地说一下个人的观点:

 

 

1. 腰椎间盘突出症不需要牵引治疗:

 

首先我不否认牵引治疗有一定作用,早年间我在治疗此病时也用过。几年后,经过我的临床研究发现,牵引和不牵引对病人的治疗效果没有影响,因此我就不再应用牵引治疗了。我认为越保守,介入外力越少,疗程就会越短。

 

 

2. 不适合按摩治疗:

 

腰椎间盘突出症,从力学来讲是用于腰间盘压力过大失衡导致。按摩尤其是腰部的按摩会引起腹压增加而导致椎间盘内压增高,这是许多病人在按摩后症状反而迅速加重的原因。我在临床见过太多这样的病人,甚至有一位还导致截瘫。因此我个人不主张按摩治疗此病。

 

 

3. 最好的治疗办法:

 

物理治疗:整骨治疗,药物治疗,中药治疗都有一定的作用。经过我多年的中国和加拿大的治疗经验,我认为针灸是治愈腰椎间盘突出的最好办法。我这样说,一是因为快速有效的结果,二是无任何外力介入,因此非常安全。

 

 

4. 辅助治疗:

 

在医师指导下的腹部及背部肌肉锻炼,对于恢复有很大的帮助,不过需要记住过犹不及。

 

 

5. 中药辅助:

补肾,通络的中药在治疗过程中有很大的帮助。我们诊所根据此理论设计的“Back and Sciatica”(腰及坐骨神经丸)深受病人的喜爱。

 

 

6. 多重的病人都有治愈的机会:

 

很多病人患椎间盘突出多年,甚至伴有腰椎管狭窄,双下肢均有疼痛或麻木。但只要坚持正确治疗,就算这样的病人也有机会得到康复。

 

 

 

以上就是我对于椎间盘突出症的一些观点和想法,希望大家能得到启发。

 

 

 

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