The Painful World of Degenerative Disc Disease
The term “degenerative disc disease” is somewhat deceptive. This problem isn’t a disease. It’s a syndrome which can be caused by any of a number of degenerative issues in the spinal column. Bulging discs are commonly a factor in degenerative disc disease. Aging discs may dry out, flatten, bulge, and even crack, with the gelatinous inner material pushing its way out of the disc leading to a herniated disc.
Degenerative disc disease can hurt you in more ways than one. Damage to the nerves in the disc’s outer casing can cause serious neck or back pain. If the disc protrudes from the spinal column and presses against nerve tissue, it can also refer pain, tingling, numbness, and other strange symptoms to your arms or legs. This problem, which can also be created by bone spurs or vertebral alignment problems, is known as stenosis. The flattening of bulging discs also reduces the space between adjacent vertebrae. This change puts stress on the vertebral joints, causing inflammation and stiffness.
Your Spring Chiropractor Can Help You Avoid Spinal Surgery
You may have heard about people having parts of their degenerated discs removed (a procedure called a discectomy) to relieve their pain. Fortunately, surgery is necessary only as a last resort for the most advanced and debilitating cases. Our chiropractors, Dr. Bolz and Dr. Rivas, can evaluate your spinal condition using X-rays, analysis of your symptoms, and other diagnostic techniques. We can then recommend the right combination of non-surgical solutions to your symptoms, including:
– Chiropractic adjustment to help normalize spinal alignment and joint position
– Non-surgical spinal decompression to shift bulging discs and help them regain height
– Physical therapy or other recommendations to increase neck pain and extremity strength
Get Relief from Your Symptoms at Spring Chiropractic
Degenerative disc disease is a natural phenomenon, so it only makes sense to combat it with our all-natural techniques here at Spring Chiropractic. Call our clinic at (281) 651-7111 to get the relief you’ve been searching for!