Degenerative disc disease is the name for the pain and numbness caused by a damaged spinal disc. The name is slightly misleading in that it is not technically a disease and it is not a progressive condition. Degenerative implies that over time the discs will become more damaged, when in most cases with effective care and treatment, the condition of the damaged disc may improve. Disc degeneration is a normal part of getting older but doesn’t necessarily cause pain, numbness or other worrying symptoms.
Conditions like spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis, and spondylolthesis can lead to disc damage and symptoms of degenerative disc disease. Injuries to the spine and misalignment can also damage your spinal discs.
If your back hurts, especially if you are experiencing radiant pain or tingling sensations in your arms and legs, you should make an appointment for diagnosis and treatment with Dr. Kielur. With effective diagnosis and treatment, your pain and the underlying condition can be treated to help you lead a pain-free, healthy life. However, if you don’t address your pain, like many medical conditions, you put yourself at risk of the condition getting worse. Back pain is one of the leading causes of disability in the United States today, so you owe it to yourself to take care of your body to protect and preserve your health and well being.
Disc degeneration leads to low-grade inflammation and irritation. Since spinal discs do not have a blood supply of their own, when inflammation is present they are starved their supply of water, nutrients, and oxygen that they usually absorb through diffusion. Dr. Kielur uses DRS Protocols™ to treat and care for patients with degenerative disc disease.
DRS Protocols™ combine a variety of customizable treatments such as axial adjustments and decompression to create space between the vertebrae to encourage the intake of the water, oxygen, and nutrients necessary to rehydrate and restore the discs. DRS Protocols™ have been proven as an effective treatment for chronic conditions like degenerative disc disease. The adjustments create a negative pressure within the vertebra that acts like a vacuum encouraging damaged or herniated discs to return to their correct position. It also stimulates circulation which helps to support healing in the surrounding muscles and soft tissues, reducing swelling, pain, and restoring mobility.
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