Treat Your Disc Problems with Chiropractic Care and Get Back to Doing the Things You Love
Do you or a loved one experience pain in your back, hips, legs, or feet? Does the pain get worse in the morning or at night, or when you cough, sneeze, bend over, or sit for a long time? If so, the cause may be something wrong with one or more of your spinal discs.
Read on to learn about spinal discs, the symptoms associated with disc problems, and what Dr. Galante can do to alleviate these problems.
What Are Spinal Discs?
Spinal discs are the spongy cushions in between your vertebrae. They provide shock absorption for your spine, keep the vertebral column stable, and allow movement.
Each disc is flat, circular, and about a quarter-inch thick. It consists of two parts: the tough outer membrane called the annulus fibrosus, and an inner jelly-like substance called the nucleus pulposus. The discs are held in place by ligaments and sheaths of soft tissue and muscle.
Your spine and discs are susceptible to injury due to wear and tear, aging, and the many stresses sustained by the neck and lower back. If you develop a problem with one or more discs, this can result in acute or chronic issues.
What Symptoms Do Spinal Disc Problems Cause?
Spinal disc issues can create intense pain. You may experience back pain, neck pain, tingling sensations, numbness, or weakness in various parts of the body. Every movement can make things worse, forcing you to exercise constant caution and potentially even limiting your mobility.
The exact symptoms of disc problems vary based on the severity and location of the issue. Many people with disc problems that show up on scans don’t experience any symptoms yet.
Generally, symptoms of a spinal disc problem may include:
- Back pain
- Hip pain
- Numbness or tingling in the legs
- Pain radiating down the legs
- Pain at night or in the mornings
- Worsening pain with driving or sitting for prolonged periods
- Worsening pain when coughing or sneezing
Who Suffers from Disc Problems?
Anyone can develop spinal disc problems, but some people are more at risk than others. The most commonly affected age range is 30 to 50 years old.
Other factors that increase the risk of spinal disc problems include:
- Lack of exercise
- Poor posture
- Incorrect lifting techniques
How Can I Prevent Spinal Disc Problems?
While there are risk factors that can make you more prone to disc problems, there are also precautions you can take. Taking these steps can lower your risk of suffering from a slipped disc and experiencing severe back pain.
Precautions for preventing disc problems include:
- Regular exercise (15 minutes of low back exercise per day reduces injuries by 40%)
- An anti-inflammatory diet
- Using proper lifting techniques
- Maintaining good posture
- Quitting smoking
- Regular chiropractic adjustments
How Do We Treat Disc Problems?
In the event that a disc problem does occur, what are the options for treatment?
Here at Algonquin Chiropractic Center, Dr. Galante utilizes the Cox Technic and other modalities to treat patients suffering pain caused by disc problems. The Cox technic, with over 1,000 case studies proving its effectiveness, delivers positive results in 91% of our cases.
What do those positive results look like?
You can return to all the lifestyle activities that your disc problems may have taken away from you as you limited your movement to avoid irritating the pain. Whether that just means getting back on your feet, working in your garage or garden, or something a bit more active like golf, the Cox Technic effectively treats disc problems by reducing pain and restoring lost function.
Don’t wait for your disc problem to get worse—schedule a consultation with a licensed doctor of chiropractic care at Algonquin Chiropractic Center today!