Natural Treatment for Disc Disorders at Alabama Chiropractic Spine & Joint Clinic
If you’re struggling with back pain, neck pain, or strange symptoms in your extremities, you may be one of the many Americans dealing with a spinal disc disorder. Damage or degeneration can alter your discs’ structure or position in some extraordinarily painful ways. Fortunately, you don’t need surgery to get your discs back into proper working order. Here at Alabama Chiropractic Spine & Joint Clinic, we can provide natural treatment methods to ease your symptoms.
Types and Causes of Disc Disorders
The discs that reside between your many vertebrae have some important tasks to perform, and normally, they perform those tasks well. The combination of a strong outer lining (the annulus fibrosus) and a gelatinous inner material (the nucleus pulposus) makes the discs both sturdy and spongy, giving them the ability to absorb all kinds of shocks as you move through life. However, when something goes wrong with one or more of these discs, your mobility and function may come to a painful halt. Some of the more common types and causes of disc disorders include:
- Bulging discs – Age is the main culprit that causes discs to lose water content and bulge outward, “going flat” as they do so. The reduction in vertebral spacing can cause pain, inflammation, and even arthritis in the vertebral joints. The bulging portion of the disc may also press against nerve roots, causing numbness, tingling, weakness, or pain in the arms or legs.
- Herniated discs – A herniated disc may occur spontaneously in an accident that shoves the spine out of alignment, or it may be the end result of a bulging disc. The annulus fibrosus weakens, bulges, and ruptures, allowing the highly inflammatory nucleus pulposus to spill out.
Non-Invasive Options from Our Florence, AL, Chiropractor
Our Florence, AL, chiropractor can diagnose the root cause of your symptoms by examining your spinal column, medical history, and symptoms. Chiropractic adjustment can help take pressure off of nerve tissue, fixing any spinal misalignment that may be contributing to your disc problems. Spinal decompression is a non-surgical technique we can use to ease bulging or herniated disc issues. By applying flexion distraction force to your spine, we can pull these discs back into their usual alignment, freeing nearby nerve tissue from impingement. Exercise and weight loss recommendations can help you protect your spine against future disc disorders.