Friday, May 18, 2012
Disc degeneration results when the cartilage that cushions the discs along the upper, middle and lower spine gets worn from overuse and the nerves become impinged or irritated. If the cartilage wears away completely, spinal discs can actually begin rubbing against one another, causing extreme pain. Often the supporting muscles get inflamed as well, further constricting the nerves and limiting blood flow to injured areas, worsening pain and suppressing the body's ability to heal. Effective treatment for disc degeneration includes spinal manipulation to relieve pain and inflammation, decompression, heat/ice therapies, and stretching exercises to help alleviate spinal pressure.