Acute Back Pain: Acute low back pain generally lasts less
than six months. A few cases may resolve without medical attention,
although many reoccur.
Chronic Back Pain: Chronic low back pain generally persists
beyond six months. If you are experiencing chronic back pain,
you should seek medical attention. To get more information
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Coccyx: Also known as the "tailbone". The coccyx
are two to four tiny, partially fused vertebrae at the end
of the sacrum.
Degenerative Disc Disease: Degeneration of the disc over time
produces low-grade inflammation and irritation and is a major
cause of chronic low back pain. Because the discs in the spine
do not have a dedicated blood supply, the discs must rely on
a process called diffusion to receive their supply of water,
nutrients, and oxygen. If the flow of these elements is disrupted,
the vertebrael discs can degenerate.
Herniated Disc: A condition in which part or all of the soft,
gelatinous central portion of an intervertebral disc is forced
through a weakened part of the disc, resulting in back pain
and nerve root irritation.
Lumbar: The lumbar (L) section of the spine consists of five
large bones and intervertebrael discs that support most of
the body's weight and absorb large amounts of stress.
Posterior Facet Syndrome: The facet joints can wear down. In
such cases, a nerve can become pinched (impinged) and cause
Processes: Each vertebra in the spine has a number of bony
projections, known as processes. The spinal and transverse
processes attach to the muscles in the back and act like little
levers, allowing the spine to twist or bend. The particular
processes form the joints between the vertebrae themselves,
meeting together and interlocking at the facet joints.
Sacrum: The sacrum is below the lumbar region and is a shield-shaped
bony structure that connects with the pelvis at the sacroiliac
Sciatica: Sciatica refers to a pain felt along the length of the sciatic nerve. The pain is usually felt in the buttock where it radiates down the back of the leg.
Spine: The spine is a column of small bones, or vertebrae,
that provides support and leverage to the entire body.
Spinal Canal: Each vertebra and its processes surround and
protect an arch-shaped central opening. These arches, aligned
to run down the spine, form the spinal canal, which encloses
the spinal cord.
Spinal Cord: The spinal cord is the central trunk of nerves
that connects the brain with the rest of the body. Each nerve
root passes from the spinal column to other parts of the body
through small openings bounded on one side by the disc and
the other by the facets. When the spinal cord reaches the lumbar
region, it splits into four bundled strands of nerve roots
called the cauda equina (meaning horsetail in Latin).
Vertebrae: Vertebrae in the spinal column are separated from
each other by small cushions of cartilage known as intervertebral
discs. Inside each disc is a jelly-like substance called the
nucleus pulposus, which is surrounded by a fibrous structure
called the annulus. The disc is 80% water, which makes it very
elastic. It has no blood supply of its own, however, but relies
on nearby blood vessels to keep it nourished.
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Q: Are there side effects
to the treatments?
A: Most patients do not experience any adverse side effects from undergoing IDD Therapy treatment.
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