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Understanding how the 4 phases of healing work during a disc episode

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Four phases of healing during a disc episode

Time and the body heal discs and nerves:

  • Disc damage is repaired only by time and limited movement to allow scar tissue to form. 100% STRICT rest 24/7 for 8 weeks during conservative treatment.  LEARN MORE
  • Nerves heal with time. Think in terms of months for nerves to regenerate enough to bring back bladder control and leg functions. LEARN MORE

Medications protect stomach lining, relieve pain and reduce spinal cord swelling:

  • Steroid  or an  NSAID  reduces swelling in approx. 7-30 days. LEARN MORE
  •  Pain medications  give comfort from the pain of inflammation around the spinal cord nerves. LEARN MORE
  • Pepcid AC  protects the stomach lining from the anti-inflammatory (steroid or an NSAID).  LEARN MORE

How a damaged disc impacts nerves in the spinal cord

Dr. Horsche, DVM: review of Disc Disease

RAMPS eliminate impact on a disc!


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