Treatment for Disc Degeneration

Posted on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012 by anna
Contrary to popular belief, disc degeneration is not a disease. It is a medical condition where injury, age, or chronic wear and tear of muscles leads to changes in the spinal discs, like loss of fluid, tears in the outer part of the disc, and even nerve fibers growing over the damaged portions. All these result in mobility being compromised. The condition is excruciatingly painful, too. What is more frightening is that disc degeneration, if left untreated, can lead to complications like disc herniations, bone spurs, and spinal stenosis.


Thankfully, disc degeneration, if detected early, can be rehabilitated without having to resort to surgical methods. Physical therapy has proved to be quite effective in pain management and rehabilitating disc degeneration. The treatment methods for this include flexibility and strength-inducing exercise regimes for the spine region; manual therapies that reduce acute pain and stimulate the body to self-heal; and application of heat/ice packs that considerably reduce inflammation. Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) is also a part of the physical therapy sessions for treating disc degeneration.


Acupuncture and chiropractic care are some natural ways of treating this medical condition. Acupuncture, a treatment and healing procedure dating back centuries, is known to bring considerable relief from pain. In conjunction with cold laser therapy or TENS, it promotes blood circulation to the affected region and thus triggers the body’s self-healing mechanism. Chiropractic care aims to align the discs and thereby increases mobility and flexibility in the spine region.


In the initial stages of disc degeneration, anti-inflammatory medicines, non-steroidal in nature, are also prescribed for pain relief. In some cases, cortisone and steroid injections are also prescribed.


Don’t neglect that sharp, stabbing pain in your lower back that you experience every time you sit or that chronic lower back pain that shoots down to your hips and legs. It may be disc degeneration. Instead, call us at Global Pain & Spine Clinic847-299-7000, for an appointment with a specialist today! If diagnosed, we will begin your treatment as soon as possible to enhance your chances of complete recovery.
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