After weeks of trying to ignore the pain in your lower back, you’ve finally decided to visit your chiropractor to see what they have to say about it. They’ve told you that the problem is degenerative disc disease, leaving you worried that you might have to undergo some sort of surgery to deal with the problem. But there’s no need for that; spinal decompression offers a noninvasive way to find lasting relief from a degenerating disc. Here’s what you need to know about the disease and the treatment.
What is Degenerative Disc Disease?
Degenerative disc disease may have the word “disease” in the name, but it’s actually a result of completely natural changes in your spinal discs over time. Each disc is mostly made up of water. As time passes and the discs become worn down from the pressures they experience every day, some of this water is lost. As a result, your discs won’t be able to provide your spine with the same cushioning that they did before. This can easily lead to back pain.
Degenerating discs are also thinner, making them more likely to tear from the normal movements you make on a daily basis. Such tears can be very painful, especially if they happen to occur near one of the nerves in your spine. In short, the more worn down your spinal discs become, the more likely you are to feel it in the form of pain in your back, buttocks, and upper thighs.
How Can Spinal Decompression Help?
So how can spinal decompression address the problems caused by degenerative disc disease? The treatment involves stretching and relaxing the spine, which takes much of the pressure off of the discs. This gives them a chance to recover from any damage. With repeated treatments, you significantly reduce your pain and ensure that your back continues to function normally.
Is Spinal Decompression Right for You?
There are usually multiple ways to address conditions like degenerative disc disease, and your chiropractor will be more than happy to go over them with you. That said, there are several advantages to choosing spinal decompression over more invasive procedures:
- There is no recovery time. You can simply return to your daily routine after every decompression session.
- The treatment has proven to be very effective when it comes to pain reduction, and there are very few risks involved.
- There is no pain associated with non-surgical spinal decompression, and while it can take 4 to 6 weeks to complete the treatment, you’re likely to see an improvement sooner.
Degenerative disc disease can take a toll on the quality of your life, but with the right treatment, lasting relief can be within your reach. Call your chiropractor today to schedule a consultation to see if spinal decompression could help you take care of your back pain for good.
About the Author
Dr. Brigitte Rozenberg is the chiropractor at Spinatomy Spine & Disc Centers in Van Nuys. She is certified by the Disc Centers of America for non-surgical spinal decompression therapy to treat degenerative disc disease and other conditions known to cause chronic back pain. She’s proud to be able to help her patients enjoy fuller lives with the help of custom chiropractic treatments. To schedule an appointment with her, visit her website or call (818) 901-1505.