Degenerative disc disease causes a weakening of one or more of the vertebral discs in your back. Normally, these discs provide a cushion between each vertebra. In some cases, degenerative disc disease develops as a person ages; however, it may also result from a severe injury to the back.
This disease will affect thousands of people each and every day. The condition causes severe pain and can reduce the quality of life for the person with the affliction. In many cases, a person with degenerative disc disease will seek medical treatment for relief from the associated pain.
Degenerative Disc Disease Causes
The causes of this disease are generally straightforward, which leads to an easy diagnosis of the issue and they may include:
- An injury to the back;
- Inflammation that has set into the area that is around the affected disc in an attempt for your body to relieve the injury that has occurred;
- The inflammation irritates any nearby nerves, worsening the pain;
- A rush of white blood cells go to the site, but then die due to a pinched blood supply, which leaves debris in the area of inflammation that the capillaries are unable to carry away;
- The nerve endings are then affected by the brought on inflammation, causing pain;
- If left untreated the condition may lead to chronic pain as well as a poor quality of life for the afflicted individual.
Treatment for Degenerative Disc Disease
In most cases, the treatment for degenerative disc disease includes types of alternative therapy, as well as non-invasive medial selections. One option for treating this disorder is chiropractic care, and this option has a good track record in providing relief. The use of anti-inflammatory drugs is also often used to help and reduce the inflammation that is present around the nerves, which provides the injury the ability to begin healing on its own.
There are of course more invasive procedures to treat degenerative disc disease, but those should be saved as the last option. These options include spinal injections and surgery, which are both risky and can require down time to heal. If alternative, non-invasive treatment can help the issue, then those will be best for the individual in the long run.
Remember to always consult your chiropractor or physician before taking any health advice.
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