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Spinal Disc Problems

Spinal disc problems can be debilitating, causing significant pain and severely limiting mobility. Degenerative disc disease is one of the most common spinal problems, causing back pain, like other spinal conditions, can extend into the hip and leg or even the arm and hand. Chiropractic care for spinal disc problems is steadily increasing in popularity. As more research is proving the effectiveness of chiropractic care for these types of problems, doctors and therapists are incorporating it into treatment plans for their patients.

Causes

They are caused by degeneration or thinning of the spinal joints or discs which can disrupt the mechanics of the spine and contribute to bulging discs that press on spinal nerves. Traditional treatment of this condition usually consists of strong pain medication and sometimes surgery. Most spinal or disc problems are marked by a specific set of symptoms including neck and back pain, stiffness, arm pain, leg pain, and tenderness in the spinal muscles or the spine itself. Other more serious symptoms can present at the onset of the condition or over a period of time. These symptoms indicate a dangerous problem that could even be life threatening. More serious or life-threatening symptoms may require medical intervention, but most spinal conditions can be helped or even corrected with chiropractic care.

Diagnoses

Spinal problems are usually diagnosed by a combination of a complete physical examination and a thorough patient history. During the examination, the patient’s musculoskeletal and nervous systems are carefully assessed. A chiropractor will examine the patient by moving them into different positions using their legs, arms, and back while applying pressure to the joints. Other diagnostic tools include x-rays and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Once a spinal disc problem is diagnosed a treatment plan can be determined.

Chiropractic Care for Spinal Disc Problems

Through the careful, precise manipulation of the spine, a chiropractor can make adjustments to the body that help relieve the pain and pressure. This treatment can halt the debilitating progression of certain spinal problems while relieving pain and increasing mobility. In most cases, chiropractic care is sufficient, and surgery of the spine or injections are unnecessary to manage the problems. In fact, these more invasive therapies often create more problems than they cure. Chiropractic care should be the first course of action for any spine-related pain, injury, or problems.

If you are suffering from spinal disc problems, contact us today to set-up an appointment.

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