Interning - Herniated Disc Case

Like I mentioned in one of my recent blogs, I just recently started interning with my ortho therapy place, Elite OSM. The other day, a patient came in with a herniated disc. An easy way to think of a herniated disc is like a jelly filled donut. The outside of the donut is your vertebrae and the jelly inside is the disc. When you squish a donut with jelly, the jelly spills out of the donut, so what happens when you have a herniated disc is the disc essentially spills out of your vertebrae. Anyway, the patient said he had tried pretty much everything under the sun to find pain relief, including traction, but nothing was really sticking. Traction is a form of decompression therapy that alleviates pressure from the spine. Basically, it stretches the spine and takes pressure off the spine while improving the body’s ability to heal itself, and straightening the spine. My ortho therapy place has the tools do perform traction and help patients find relief. Traction usually works, but every person’s body is different, but in ortho therapy, there are many different methods that can help, if another doesn’t. After two years of frustration and pain, he heard about Elite OSM and what they do so he thought he would give it a try. He came in and warmed up by rolling out. He said immediately after rolling out that he felt a little bit of a difference. After, he saw the main doctor and he said he walked out feeling like a new person. His pain wasn’t so noticeable. In order for him to keep feeling like this, he has to be consistent with rolling out and coming into Elite OSM. Ortho therapy is helpful for herniated discs because if the treatment recommended by orthopedic doctors don’t work, their next alternative is surgery, and most people turn down surgery because it is so invasive. I thought that this was a cool case because herniated discs are extremely common, and different treatment plans work for different people. Interning has been really awesome and I am excited to keep moving forward with my project.



Bella Bizzell