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Degenerative disc disease is typically characterized by excruciating neck or back pain. Non-surgical spinal decompression, physical therapy and chiropractic manipulation are ideal treatment options.

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Degenerative disc disease - symptoms_and_treatment_options

  1. 1. http://www.hqbk.com/ 1-718-769-2521Degenerative Disc Disease -Symptoms and TreatmentOptionsDegenerative disc disease is typicallycharacterized by excruciating neck or backpain. Non-surgical spinal decompression,physical therapy and chiropractic manipulationare ideal treatment options.The degeneration of a single or multipleintervertebral discs due toaging or severe injury can leadto chronic pain and, in thecourse of time, the conditioncalled degenerative discdisease. It can affect thecervical and lumbar regions ofthe spinal column. Thedeterioration of the fluid at thecentral part of the inverterbraldisc, maybe due to continuous ligament tears,causes this condition. If left untreated, thisdisease can lead to more serious conditionssuch as bone spurs, tumors, and herniateddiscs.http://www.hqbk.com/ 1-718-769-2521
  2. 2. http://www.hqbk.com/ 1-718-769-2521Symptoms of Degenerative DiscDiseaseThe early symptoms of this disease are usuallya numbing and a tingling sensation in the legsor neck. The disease is confirmed by twocritical symptoms: discogenic pain and abulging disc.Discogenic Pain – The mechanical orstructural pain caused by the damagedintervertebral disc is called discogenic pain. Itcan affect both the neck and lower backdepending on the region (cervical or lumbar)where the degeneration takes place. Apartfrom lower back, the patient may feel that thepain is emanating from the buttocks or evenupper thighs. In most cases, the pain occurswhen the body parts that are supported by thedegenerating disc are stressed. This occurswhen degeneration causes the disc material toseeps out, irritating the nerves in either discwall or spinal column and hindering regularfunction.Bulging Disc – If there is cervicaldegeneration, the bulging of the intervertebraldisc can cause neck pain that radiates throughthe shoulders and arms. In the case of lumbarhttp://www.hqbk.com/ 1-718-769-2521
  3. 3. http://www.hqbk.com/ 1-718-769-2521degeneration, disc bulging can induce pain inthe lower back, legs and hips. The fibrousportion on the outer region of intervertebraldisc gets weakened over time due to thedegeneration. If any pressure is exerted oncentral core of the disc, it will extend to theouter rim and result in disc bulging.Effective Treatment ProceduresSurgery is regarded as the last resort for thisdisease. Luckily, there are several effectivenon-surgical treatment options fordegenerative disc disease:• Non-surgical Spinal Decompression:This is a type of traction treatmentperformed with spinal decompressionmachines. It involves proper positioningand cycling through phases of distractionand relaxation. The aim is to applynegative pressure on the discs to separatethem and create a vacuum which can helpto pull back the disc material into the disc.The pressure also simulates blood supplyand encourages the supply of nutrients tothe base of the spine for healing. Eachsession lasts about 20 to 25 minutes.http://www.hqbk.com/ 1-718-769-2521
  4. 4. http://www.hqbk.com/ 1-718-769-2521Rehabilitation exercises are also a part ofthe treatment.• Physical Therapy: Degeneration canweaken the spine to a greater extent andcause repeated tearing of the ligamentsholding the vertebra. Physical therapyexercises can strengthen the back, neckand core muscles so that they can providebetter support for the spine. Severaltherapeutic methods and exercises formpart of physical therapy treatment such asMassage, Myofascial Release, Traction,application of ice or heat, and more. Inaddition, Ultrasound therapy may be usedto increase blood flow, and TranscutaneousElectrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) tointerrupt the pain signals.• Chiropractic manipulation: Chiropracticmanipulation can lift pressure off thesensitive tissues within the disc and easemotion so as to restore blood flow andreduce muscle tension. It can also inducechemical reactions in the body which canwork to reduce back pain.In addition to these treatments, medicationsand injection are also used to relievehttp://www.hqbk.com/ 1-718-769-2521
  5. 5. http://www.hqbk.com/ 1-718-769-2521debilitating pain. Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs), musclerelaxants, and narcotic medications,prolotherapy, and radiofrequency radioablation are also effective in managingdiscogenic pain.Posted by: HealthQuesthttp://www.hqbk.com/http://www.hqbk.com/ 1-718-769-2521

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