For many dealing with sciatic pain from a slipped or bulging spinal disc, a better treatment is available, says Dr. Steven Thain, DC of DISC Centers of America - Bellevue, one of America’s leading practitioners of Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression (NSSD).

For many dealing with sciatic pain from a slipped or bulging spinal disc, a better treatment is available, says Dr. Steven Thain, DC of DISC Centers of America - Bellevue, one of America’s leading practitioners of Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression (NSSD).

Bellevue chiropractor is one of USA’s leading practitioners helping those with sciatica

Technique is more effective than drugs, more successful than surgery

If you’re dealing with sciatic pain from a slipped or bulging spinal disc, the usual treatment options can be discouraging. But for many patients, there’s a better way. Drugs can offer some relief, but they only help to manage the symptoms. And drug use has its own risks, including addiction or unwanted side effects.

Surgery is available, but the 50 to 75 percent failure rate is less than inspiring.

Dr. Steven Thain, DC of DISC Centers of America – Bellevue is one of America’s leading practitioners of Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression (NSSD). The technique has shown a high rate of success: in a study published in the Journal of Neuroimaging, there was a 90 percent reduction in the size of herniation in 71 percent of the patients receiving NSSD treatment.

“Most sciatic conditions are due to a disc problem in the lower back,” Thain says. “And NSSD is a non-surgical, non-drug approach to addressing sciatic issues, with an incredibly effective success rate.”

The technique allows a practitioner — usually an MD or a Doctor of Chiropractic — to isolate the specific disc involved, and decompress it. “We’re able to get the segment of the spine to literally decompress, which means distraction without muscle contraction,” Thain says.

Thain is highly qualified. He holds a national certification from two American universities, he’s been asked to instruct at national certification programs, and was recently appointed to the International Medical Advisory Board for spinal decompression — one of only about 20 doctors from across the country to sit on the board

The NSSD apparatus was developed by Dr. Allan Dyer, MD, whose research was also instrumental in the development of the heart defibrillator. Dyer was inspired by his own debilitating back pain to create a non-surgical treatment.

Another doctor who has personal experience of sciatic pain, Dr. Eric Kaplan, DC, founded the International Medical Advisory Board that Thain sits on. Kaplan was on the President’s Council on Fitness in the Clinton administration, and has worked with the Trump family and organization. “He’s a pretty well-known guy, and he’s been through this himself. That’s what inspired him,” Thain says.

NSSD treatment is not suitable for patients who have already had screws, plates or rods surgically installed, he said, but it may be the right option for many people. “The patients that would benefit from this are those with back pain or neck pain that may be initiated by disc issues. It could be patients suffering with sciatica leg pain or arm pain; also numbness or tingling into the legs or arms or hands or feet,” he says.

***

To learn more, visit bellevuedisccenter.com.


In consideration of how we voice our opinions in the modern world, we’ve closed comments on our websites. We value the opinions of our readers and we encourage you to keep the conversation going.

Please feel free to share your story tips by emailing editor@mi-reporter.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.mi-reporter.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) We reserve the right to edit letters, but if you keep yours to 300 words or less, we won’t ask you to shorten it.

[flipp]

More in Marketplace

Your neighborhood one-stop-shop for family fun!

Snap some photos of your afternoon at Grand Ridge Plaza for a chance to win

David Good, owner of The Green Door in Seattle. Budtenders at the store will teach you about cannabis and help you find a product that suits your needs.
‘Budding’ chemists: learning the science behind a familiar plant

You probably know THC and CBD, but this Seattle budtender suggests digging deeper

Cool ice cream, hot Thai or breezy cocktails… How does your summer taste?

Show Grand Ridge Plaza what you’re eating this summer for a chance to win awesome prizes!

What makes this cannabis store ‘Seattle’s favorite?’

Long-standing Rainier Street shop has changed with the times, and kept spirits high

2 ‘budding’ products to tackle stressful times

Neighborhood retailer builds relationships with customers to help meet their needs

Take a trip to SnoValley — in person or online — for one-of-a-kind creations

Snoqualmie’s hub of art and creativity moves online

Reprioritizing wellness? Explore the options here!

Issaquah’s one-stop-shop for fitness, health and full-body therapy

Join the Rescue Squad! Seattle Humane hosts first-ever Day of Giving

Show your love for local animals with community-driven fundraiser July 17

Best Pick Reports features a curated list of professionals, evaluated based on thousands of Seattle-area customer interviews.
For a successful home project, trust a professional guaranteed by Best Pick Reports

Free guide gives Seattle area homeowners a wealth of resources, and peace of mind

United Way seeks support for King County residents during COVID-19

Because of the current pandemic and economic fallout, the needs of the… Continue reading

Zsofia Pasztor, founder of Woodinville-based non-profit Farmer Frog, is a certified horticulturist, arborist and landscape designer who helps build community and family gardens, starting from a foundation of Cedar Grove soil and compost.
Family gardening can be fun and fruitful!

Cedar Grove soils can help you get the most out of your home planting season

Dining in: savor the flavors of Downtown Issaquah!

Take advantage of the range of local restaurants offering takeout and delivery options