Chiropractic Can Encourage Recovery From Spinal Degeneration

You may not have heard of spinal degeneration, but it can be a very painful condition to live with. Spinal degeneration tends to be the result of years of strain and stress wearing down on the spine. It is also known as degenreative disc disease. In this disease, the vertebrae of the spinal column become misaligned. From this, the discs, which act as cushions between the vertebrae,  begin to turn brittle. As a spinal disc wears down in this way, the vertebra tend to develop uncomfortable growths. From this, muscle damage tends to occur, which often causes the spinal nerves to become inflamed and irritated.

Symptoms of spinal degeneration tend to include neck pain, lower back pain, sciatica pain and sciatic nerve damage, a sense of numbness in any of the outer limbs, spinal stiffness that tends to occur in the morning, pain that builds with long sitting postures, or pain that increases with sudden movements such as coughing. Degeneration in the spinal column discs may cause injury, as well as disturb the natural functioning of the spine. This can lead to other pain-related conditions that make the healing process slower and harder to pull through. Sciatica is one common and similar condition. Sciatica occurs when one of the spinal nerves becomes irritated. Chiropractic manipulations and adjustments can help with spinal degeneration, and related conditions such as sciatica.

How Can Chiropractic Help Spinal Degeneration Patients?

The main focus of chiropractic care is to increase mobility. This is done by improving spinal motion through manual manipulation, which in turn will reduce inflammation and stiffness in the affected area. The doctor of chiropractic may also work on improving the function of the spinal discs. Spinal column manipulation is used to improve mobility in the joints and soft tissues once again, and it is extremely effective, as it can also help to reduce and prevent further nerve irritation. Other supplemental therapies, such as ultrasound and trigger point therapy, may encourage healing as well.

Your doctor of chiropractic may also recommend therapeutic exercises. Chiropractic care and therapeutic exercises can prevent your spinal degeneration symptoms from returning or getting worse. Rehab exercises  will often be succesful in strengthening the muscles. In addition to all of these supplementary therapies, regimens for home care exercises and habits may also be recommended by your doctor or chiropractor, in order to help speed up the process of healing from your spinal issues.

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