Disc Pain

What Causes Disc Pain?

Disc pain can occur anywhere in the spine, it is typically due to a bulge or herniation of the disc, the soft material in between the vertebrae that absorb the shock of everyday activities such as walking or jumping. This occurs when the disc starts to degenerate weakening the material and allowing it to bulge out or even spread into the spinal cord compressing your nerves.

How to Treat Disc Pain

There are two ways to treat disc pain, surgery or Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression. With surgery they aren’t correcting the problem that caused the disc issues in the first place; they are just cutting away the disc material that has entered the spinal cord. This usually results in the discs continuing to degenerate and spread meaning you will likely need to have surgery again when the material begins compressing your spinal cord and nerves again. With Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression we are treating the cause which results in more effective long-term results. By gently stretching the spine we are creating a vacuum like pressure in between your vertebrae pulling in nutrients that the discs need to stay healthy and prevent herniations. This vacuum like mechanism is also able to pull the disc back in between the vertebrae and relieve the pressure on your spinal cord and nerves.

Degenerative Disc Disease

Degenerative Disc Disease is caused by normal wear and tear of the spine over the years. It is where the cushion like discs between the vertebrae begins to weaken and degenerate.  If these discs become too degenerated a person may experience pain, weakness, numbness and tingling in the neck, back or legs.

Herniated Disc

A Herniated Disc is when the soft material in the spinal disc ruptures and is pushed into the spinal canal. When this occurs patients typically experience severe pain and symptoms of compressed nerves such as: numbness, tingling and weakness in the arms or legs and severe pain.

Foraminal Stenosis

Foraminal Stenosis is the narrowing of the openings between the bones in your spine. This opening is called the foramen and nerves from the spinal cord pass through these openings to the rest of your body. One of the most common causes of Foraminal Stenosis is a bulging or herniated disc.

Spinal Stenosis

Spinal Stenosis is the narrowing of the spinal canal that holds the spinal cord. Spinal Stenosis is most commonly caused by bulging or herniated discs pushing into the spinal canal. When this occurs it puts pressure onto the spinal cord causing many issues such as: pain, trouble with walking and balance, and weakness, numbness and tingling in the extremities. If left untreated, spinal stenosis may lead to permanent nerve damage including paralysis.

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