The vertebral column is the most sensitive area of the human body and even minor misalignments or displacements in the region can lead to huge problems that manifest with a number of symptoms. As a lot of the spinal issues originate from the discs that lie in between two adjacent vertebrae and act as cushions, let us now check out some of the most common ones.
Degenerative Disc Disease
Often mentioned as being synonymous with disc desiccation, disc degeneration is, in reality, a common, natural process that happens with age. However, it is known to cause a number of problematic symptoms near the cervical spine and the lumbar spine that could become debilitating at times. Some of those symptoms are as follows.
- Continuous dull and/or radiating pain that flares up every so often into a debilitating condition
- Muscular spasms
- Post-lift pain that can accompany a lifting session at the gym; or anywhere else
- A sense of losing power during strenuous activities
- Pain with movement of the spine
If you can identify with any of the symptoms, seek disc desiccation treatment immediately because it’s a perfectly manageable condition via regular chiropractic treatment.
When the inner gel or nucleus of one or more vertebral discs leaks out of cracks in the outer hard structure (annulus fibrosus) of the disc, the condition is known as a herniated disc. Since the nucleus can cause instant inflammation, any contact with the nearby nerves could result in the patient feeling a lot of pain, especially when it causes impingement. It can either happen in the cervical region or the lumbar region and, depending on the disc affected, the symptoms will vary as follows.
- C4-C5 disc herniation may lead to weak deltoids and shoulder pain
- C5-C6 disc herniation could lead to weak biceps and wrist extensor muscles, while pain, numbness, and tingling may radiate along the thumb region from the biceps
- C5-C6 disc herniation often leads to weak triceps and finger extensors, alongside pain, tingling, and numbness that radiates along the middle finger from the triceps
- C7-T1 disc herniation can cause the grip of the patient to weaken, in addition to pain tingling and numbness along the little finger from the upper arm
- Lumbar disc herniation may not have any symptoms at all, but even if it does, it is likely to be in the form of pain, tingling, and numbness near the buttocks and down to the legs
What are Your Treatment Options?
There are multiple ways to treat a herniated disc or degenerative disc disease and those can often be used simultaneously to bring about significant improvements in the patient’s health. Chiropractic sessions are most definitely the ideal choice, but when assisted by physical therapy, stretching and planned exercise, they can be even more effective. In extreme cases, surgery might be necessary, but it is advised that you treat it as a last resort rather than the primary treatment option for any disc-related problem.