Slipped Discs, Degenerative Discs, and Chronic Lower Back Pain
Lower back pain is very common; in fact about 90% of the population faces lower back pain at some point in their lives and has led to billions of dollars in research and treatment. Degenerative Disc Disease is one of the more common causes of chronic lower back pain. Fortunately, chiropractic care continues to have tremendous success in treating this issue, helping people every day to avoid surgery.
The Cause of Degenerative Discs
Degenerative disc disease is very common in today’s population, affecting nearly 90% of people at some time in their lives. Long term stress is always the culprit, which is easy to see when you look at the typical persons life. We sit in desks throughout our development years only to end up in a desk or doing repetitive motions all day. This is what causes the discs in your back to degenerate.
Your intervertebral discs are the durable material between your individual spinal vertebrae. They help provide you with shock absorption and make up a percentage of your overall height. Degeneration in the discs is a major contributing factor in decreased height as people age.
The discs themselves have very little blood supply and receive their nutrition from movement like walking and breathing. However, if stress is applied consistently and unevenly over a long period of time they can become less efficient at removing waste products and bringing in nutrients. The result is that the discs begin to shrink causing them to become what are called degenerative discs. This can result in pressure to sensitive nerve fibers in the rear of the disc usually resulting in broad/defuse pain across the spine.
Chiropractic Treatment for Degenerative Discs
Chiropractic care for degenerative discs may involve chiropractic adjustment, active release soft tissue therapy and specific exercises to help improve the discs ability to remove waste products and absorb nutrients.
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