Episode #54: The Truth About Disc Herniations: What Your Doctor Doesn't Know

June 14, 2024

About the Host:

Dr. Chad Woolner is a chiropractor who specializes in disc herniation treatment and educating the public on health fundamentals. With a passion for empowering patients through knowledge and comprehensive treatment approaches, Dr. Woolner shares new insights into disc herniation, emphasizing on the overlooked aspect of mitochondrial dysfunction's role in disc health. He is known for integrating cutting-edge treatments such as low-level laser therapy, non-surgical spinal decompression, and nutritional guidance to address both acute and long-term spinal issues.

Episode Summary:

In this thought-provoking episode of the Health Fundamentals podcast, Dr. Chad Woolner dives deep into the world of disc herniations, sciatica, and chronic back issues, challenging conventional understanding and offering a fresh perspective on treatment. Dr. Woolner discusses the common misconceptions surrounding disc health and reveals the pivotal role of mitochondrial dysfunction in the development of spinal conditions.

The conversation begins with a discussion on traditional views on disc herniation being a result of mechanical stress or the natural aging process. Dr. Woolner then highlights groundbreaking research which points to mitochondrial dysfunction as a fundamental cause, affecting energy production within disc cells. He underscores the importance of a multi-faceted approach that includes low-level laser therapy, non-surgical spinal decompression, chiropractic care, and nutritional support, aiming not just for symptomatic relief but for long-term disc health and function.

Throughout the episode, Dr. Woolner advocates for a paradigm shift in the management of disc-related conditions, supported by compelling evidence and clinical success stories. This episode is a must-listen for anyone struggling with back pain or interested in the intricacies of spinal health and the innovative methods for treatment.

Key Takeaways:

  • Disc herniation treatment often overlooks mitochondrial dysfunction, which is crucial to long-term healing success.
  • Non-surgical options like low-level laser therapy and spinal decompression are effective in addressing root causes of disc issues.
  • The right mix of wavelength and energy, not the power of the light, is vital in low-level laser therapy for healing.
  • A healthy gut microbiome is linked to disc health, emphasizing the importance of a systemic approach to treatment.
  • Pain relief is just the beginning; comprehensive care should focus on restoring function and preventing future degeneration.

Notable Quotes:

  • "Simply stated, you know, I had a friend and mentor of mine just show the obvious, you know, that when we look at, either on x-ray or MRI, the relationship between, let's just say, the L5 S1 disc or L4 L5, those are two of the most common areas that we see disc degeneration and or disc herniations."
  • "Mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cells, right? And so the mitochondria is what produces ATP. ATP is the energy currency of our body that our body runs off of."
  • "That which gets measured gets managed."
  • "Doing the right things in the right order for the right amount of time is the healing equation."


Dr. Woolner does not explicitly mention personal social media handles, company websites, articles, books, or other resources in the transcript provided.

Don't forget to tune in to the full episode of the Health Fundamentals podcast for a more detailed exploration of Dr. Chad Woolner's cutting-edge approach to treating disc herniations and related conditions. Stay connected for more episodes that simplify health transformations and bring you back to the fundamentals of wellness.

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