Dr. Thomas Harvey
Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression for Degenerative Disc Disease
While we start aging, many of us suffer from a condition known as disc degeneration which is triggered by the discs within our spine that begin to lose hydration as well as height. During this phase, it is not possible for the discs to deal with the mechanical forces positioned on the disc, and this can result in more severe injuries like stenosis and/or disc herniation.
What exactly is Degenerative Disc Disease?
This type of ailment takes place once the discs start losing hydration which can trigger deterioration as well as wearing away of the natural ability of those discs to prevent mechanical loads. The discs become vulnerable to injuries once they start getting eroded. In fact, more serious conditions can be brought on by degenerative disc disease like spinal stenosis or disc herniation. It is of prime importance to bear in mind that degenerative disc disease is not really an ailment, but it happens to be a term that we use for describing any normal change taking place within the discs present in the spine. All these modifications take place in the course of time as we start aging and we mostly observe them in our lumber spine (lower back).
An absence of disc hydration happens to be a preliminary issue that is usually observed along with the disc disease that can be accountable for minimizing the ability to deal with the natural mechanical forces and this makes the disc less flexible. We typically observe these alterations in heavy smokers as well as those that are involved in lifting heavy weights or who indulge in strenuous physical labour.It is not very easy to diagnose degenerative disc disease given that it might or might not trigger low backache; as a matter of fact, the majority of the folks do not exhibit any symptom at all. However, once the pain starts it might become worse with any movement like twisting or bending and in most cases won’t start till the patient suffers a serious injury. Make it a point to receive proper treatment in case you are encountering any ache or discomfort in the lower back.
How is it possible to treat degenerative disc disease?
It has been observed that people struggling with disc ailment respond very well to conservative treatments including physical therapy and chiropractic care. When combined with physical therapy and chiropractic care, spinal decompression treatment has produced fantastic results for these types of ailments when it comes to restoring hydration and function to the discs present in the spine.
The patients have to undergo a course of physical therapy as well as chiropractic care while they are being treated using spinal decompression therapy. The physical therapists will start stabilizing and fortifying the muscles that are encompassed with disc injuries and the chiropractors will help the joints to function once again in the lower back.In a particular study, 229 folks struggling with symptoms related to Degenerative Disc Disease were treated with decompression therapy. 85% of the patients were observed to get 100% relief from the symptoms following 6 weeks of the treatment, while around 84% did not suffer from any pain at all for around 3 months following the therapy.
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