Is There Hope for Degenerative Disc Disease Sufferers?

If you have degenerative disc disease you know the pain it can cause. The areas where the degeneration occurs the pain can feel so intense you may wonder if you are simply broken.

What is degenerative disc disease?

It’s a disease where the spine breaks down and loses its flexibility. It is the #1 cause of back pain. Discs that act like cushions wear down and cause friction and resulting pain.

What causes it?

Physically demanding repetitive jobs, falls, accidents, misalignment and wear and tear, smoking, bad posture over time. As the condition progresses the discs may bugle or even herniate. It can feel very much like a grinding stiff mass of possibly broken bone inside of your body despite the fact that nothing is actually broken or chipped. It can be disturbing, hard to deal with and scary. It can become distracting to the point of finding it difficult to go on with everyday life.

The good news is that there most certainly is help, and it lies in chiropractic treatment. In many cases, even just the first treatment can bring some level of relief. When patients are treated in a course or series of treatments, relief on some level, varying by damage, is almost always found.

The Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation conducted a study with 40 male participants ages 30-40. All had diagnoses of degenerative lumbar disease. They were split into two groups. One given a placebo treatment and the other spinal manipulation. The results showed that the group receiving the spinal manipulations recovered far more quickly.

What are the presenting symptoms?

Debilitating Pain

Numbness

Tingling

Feeling a crunching of uncomfortable movement in the area

All may radiate from the affected area

How it’s treated

Chiropractic spinal manipulation (adjustments), exercise, decompression therapy, manual therapy, massage and trigger point therapy, ultrasound, ice, heat and interferential electrotherapy as well.

These have all been shown, especially when used in conjunction, to help reduce pain and even prevent further impairment.

Don’t live with pain. I have treated many patients with degeneration of the pelvis and hip joints. It starts as a simple misalignment of the pelvis. When the pelvic bones misalign, the hips cannot ride in the hip sockets like it was designed.

The first symptom is hip pain which may come and go, then progresses to bursitis, then on to osteoarthritis, and eventually, leads to hip replacement. It can be prevented!

Back Pain and Slipped Disc Treatments Without Surgery

Approximately, 80% of the population will experience lower back pain once in their lifetime, while two-thirds of the population will experience neck pain. As ridiculous as it may seem, the ugly truth about slipped disc problems is that they are increasing at an alarming rate. Back pain and neck pain are the most causes of immobility in people under 45 years old. It is now very prevalent and not only found in elderly, or after a traumatic event.

A slipped disc can happen throughout the whole spine but is most common in the cervical and lumbar region. Improper posture, excessive or prolonged axial weight-bearing activities are the culprits. In other words, prolonged sitting or lifting and carrying of bulky objects that cause uneven distribution of weight across your spinal joint or the spinal discs. Over time, axial loading (sitting or carrying heavy loads) can dehydrate your spinal disc. Dehydration of the spinal disc is the leading cause of herniated or protruded discs.

As the disc dehydrate (loss of fluids), the outer rim of the disc becomes brittle or weak. A weak spinal disc is a susceptible damage. A dehydrated, damaged spinal disc can cause the nucleus pulposus to “slip out” or rupture through. When it happens, it can pinch the spinal cord or the exiting spinal nerves. Compressed or pinched spinal cord spinal nerves can be quite painful. In addition to pain, tingling, and numbness sensation may be felt in the legs, arms or the upper back.

There are two major treatment options available to treat slipped disc problems; surgically or non-surgical. The conventional surgical procedure performed on slipped disc patient is discectomy or laminectomy. Contrary to the common belief, surgery is not a cure, and most will suffer from similar issues again. Recurrent conditions, according to surgeons may require additional surgical interventions. Recurrent disc herniation is not uncommon at all, and can occur directly after back surgery or a few years later, although they are most common in the first three months after surgery.

Moreover, after surgery, the patient is at higher risk of further relapses (15% to 20% chance). Some patients ended up having 2 or more operations on the same or a nearby segment. We have had many patients that have had three or more surgical interventions on their low back, who still had pain.

The first few years after the surgery, one may feel very comfortable and relieved. The unfortunate reality is that the effectiveness of the spinal surgery does not last. Pain, paresthesia, stiffness, and numbness are most likely to come back haunting patients.

The good news is, slipped disc and back pain are treatable without the need for drugs, injections or surgery. You do not have to go through painful treatments to get better. To date, NSD Therapy is the best non-surgical treatment for the spine. NSD Therapy is an integrative therapy method accomplished through advanced spine technology, clinical chiropractic, and targeted physiotherapy. Best of all, there are no hospital stays. Back pain and slipped disc treatments through NSD Therapy was proven effective through serial MRI assessments. So, before opting for surgery, visit an NSD Therapy center near you today.