Dr. Charles R. Dixon, MS, DC
Advanced Medical Acupuncture for Pain Control
(The "new" term is Dry Needling or Dry Needle Acupuncture)
Call 903-570-7080 and for an appointment.
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Herniated Disc

Here are a couple of pictures you don't want your doctor to show you... The side view in these MRI images shows that the disc is bulging or herniated. What we want to discuss here is, what does that mean exactly???

 

Let me offer you an analogy I often share with my patients. Imagine that the disc between the vertebra looks like a thick slice of onion (see the layers) and in the middle of the onion about a 1 inch spot is popped out and replaced with a balloon filled with some toothpaste. The toothpaste represents the nucleus pulposus and the onion represents the anulus fibrosus. 

The picture above implies that there are 3 ways a disc can look. Nothing could be further from the truth! In reality your discs can look many different ways but the general thing to take away is that the toothpaste like nucleus can tear through the cartilage like anulus causing it to swell and putting pressure on the nerve as it exits through the small hole called the neural foramina. There is a final stage not shown that involves the nucleus actually rupturing. See below for that.

So, the above picture is a sequestered disc and more often than not it will require surgery to remove the sequestered segment of the disc.

Spinal Decompression Therapy and Spinal Rehab will usually help all but the worst (sequestered) cases. Please click here to read more about it.

 

Charles R. Dixon, MS, DC  ~  903-570-7080
1409 S. Fleishel Suite #244 
Mail: PO Box 1894 Chandler, TX 75758

We feature " Biomedical Acupuncture for Pain Management" as taught to Dr. Dixon personally by Dr. Yun-Tao Ma PhD.  Dr. Ma teaches Biomedical Acupuncture Needling based on Neuroanatomy rather than energy meridians. I believe, based on my many years of personal experience treating patients on a daily basis (with acupuncture since 2003), that this is the most scientifically solid acupuncture technique for pain control in a Chiropractic and/or Pain Management office setting. In addition to acupuncture we feature Spinal Disc Decompression with the Chattanooga DTS Disc Decompression System for Complete Spinal Rehabilitation in cases of Degenerative Disc Disease and Bulged or Herniated Disc in the Lumbar Spine.

Dr. Dixon has proudly served Chandler, Tyler, Brownsboro, Murchison, Edom, Ben Wheeler,
Frankston  & the entire Lake Palestine area since 2001. He continues to serve you from Tyler at his new Private Acupuncture Clinic. 
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Dr. Charles R. Dixon is a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic, has a Masters of Science in Human Anatomy and Physiology Instruction, was Trained directly under Acupuncturist & Author Dr. Yun-tao Ma PhD,
is a Fellow of the American Society of Acupuncture & is certified in Auriculotherapy as well.
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