Spinal decompression therapy can help with your degenerative disc disease. This is a non-surgical treatment which can help care for your condition naturally. Call for a consultation.
Hey, it’s Dr. Troy here. I am so happy you tuned in. Today’s topic is degenerative disc disease.
I can’t say how many times patients come in and say “Oh, my Doctor said I have degenerative disc disease. There is nothing I can do except take these medications or maybe back surgery.” And so, what degenerative disc disease is there are joints in the spine, there are the bones, there’s the disc. So, when it gets labeled as degenerative joint or disc disease, that means these discs are degenerating. I like to say they are dehydrated. They are a water filled, spongy type substance that is actually affected by gravity and trauma.
And so, over time, when my good friend says “It’s a load equation” of gravity that pushes down the joint, extrudes the water out of the joint. So now the nerve roots that come off the spine, in between the vertebrae become narrow. So now you can get compression, you can get tension on those nerve roots, even the spinal cord, which can adversely affect the way your body functions and feels. You can get arm numbness, you can get leg numbness, you can get weakness in your arm or your leg, sciatic pain, back pain. You can, even in extreme cases, you can have bowel and bladder trouble. Those are kind of cautionary, but in some cases, we’ve seen people who have been helped with those. Even people who have loss of reflex in their legs or their arms, they have paresthesia, meaning one side of their body feels different than the other. Numbness, tingling, they can’t walk on their toes or their heels.
So, these are all potential signs of degenerative disc disease. And so how does decompression of the spine help that? Well, number one, if gravity is pushing down on your spine and the discs are full of water they are going to dehydrate, just like if you push down on a sponge you are going to squeeze the water out.
So, how can you reverse that? Well, that is what spinal decompression is designed to do. We can focus specifically on the vertebral level and the segment by the way we position the pull or the angle of the traction that we use to pull the discs apart. So we can isolate certain discs to pull them apart gently so we decrease the pressure in there so now the water will actually suck back into the joint. And over time, accompanied with some rehab protocols that we’ve developed and utilized over the last 20 years, we’ve seen many patients get better who have spinal degenerative disc disease who’ve been told nothing can help you.
Well, if you haven’t tried spinal decompression then you haven’t been able to know if nothing can help you. So, if you’ve tried other therapies, whether it’s traditional medical care, even alternative care, acupuncture, regular chiropractic adjustments, physical therapy, massage, and you are not getting the relief you’re looking for, spinal decompression might be right up your alley to get you the relief.
So, if you’re interested, call our office. If you have images, MRI’s would be great to look at. We can review those with you and see if you qualify spinal decompression or spinal decompression with traction.
So, this is Dr. Troy at Zenaptic Chiropractic.