Degenerative Disc Remedies in West Bloomfield, MI
Disc degeneration is one of the most common causes of neck and back pain as we age. The discs between our vertebrae act as cushions or shock absorbers, and over time through continual wear and tear, they can flatten or break down, causing pain and discomfort. Disc degeneration can increase over time, so it’s important to seek medical attention if you notice any symptoms.
What is Disc Degeneration?
The discs between our vertebrae are like small cushions and are made up of a hard, outer layer, and gel-filled inner layer. Over time, and due to the constant strain on the spine, the discs can flatten, reducing the space between vertebrae.
What Causes Disc Degeneration?
When we’re young, our discs are comprised of about 80 percent water, but as we age, the discs dry out and lose their ability to absorb shock. The constant wear and tear of the spine flatten the discs, and sometimes the outer layer breaks and the inner layer leaks out, pressing on surrounding nerves.
Many people over the age of 60 have signs of disc degeneration, but it doesn’t always lead to back and neck pain.
Other causes include manual labor jobs that put a constant strain on the spine, heavy or incorrect lifting, contact sports, or a traumatic injury such as a car accident or serious fall.
What are the Symptoms?
Disc degeneration pain varies in severity and location. It can worsen during long periods of sitting, or when bending, lifting or twisting. The pain can often be reduced through change of position or through gentle movement such as walking. Pain can come and go throughout the day, or it might last for days or even weeks.
If the damaged disc affects a nearby nerve, pain, tingling and numbness can be felt through the shoulder and down the arms, or through the buttocks and down the legs.
Diagnosis is an important first step in treatment because disc degeneration can worsen if left untreated.
Degenerative disc remedies include spinal manipulation to increase the space between vertebrae and decrease the compression on the disc. Your chiropractor will also prescribe movements and exercises to reduce the pain and discomfort and decrease the chances of further injury.
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