Disc degeneration is one of the most common causes of neck pain and lower back pain, and also one of the most misunderstood conditions. First of all, it’s not a disease, but a medical term used to describe the changes that happen in the spinal disc as we age. Spinal discs separate the vertebrae or the interlocking bones that make up the spine. These discs are actually shock-absorbers for the spine because they allow the spine to bend, flex, and twist. Although disc degeneration can occur throughout the spine, it’s most common in the neck and lower back.
How do Chiropractic Care and Physical Therapy Help with Disc Degeneration?
The goal of Action Physical Therapy is to improve your joint mechanics by reducing inflammation and improving spinal motion. For that reason, we are using spinal manipulation (spinal adjustment). If necessary, we also include manual therapy in the treatment, like trigger point therapy, manual joint stretching and resistance methods, therapeutic massage, and soft tissue therapy during which we use an instrument for reducing the inflammation.
When a disc degenerates, it starts to be heavily supplied with sensitive nerves, which leads to a terrible pain. We know how to work with nerves, so with the help of our treatment, we will massage the pain away from your body. First, we will ask you questions about your past medical history, and after a thorough examination, we will determine which areas of your body are affected by restricted joint motion, muscle spasm, disc injury, or ligament injury. Small details, like your overall posture and the way you walk, can also reveal a lot about your spine and your body mechanics in general. After a thorough examination, we will diagnose your condition and prepare a treatment plan for reducing the back pain and other symptoms caused by your condition.
When it comes to disc degeneration, a chiropractic treatment goes way beyond spinal adjustment. Besides treating your condition, we will also educate you on every detail regarding this degeneration, and we will also advise you on nutrition, stress management, and lifestyle changes. Once you maintain a healthy lifestyle, you will see that the pain will slowly reduce.
While there is no cure for disc degeneration, with healthy nutrition and proper treatment, you can start with disc regeneration. Visit us today, and after our initial consultation, you can have clear expectations of living with disc degeneration as this is the first step to your successful recovery.