Disc Degeneration Specialist

Active Health Center

Integrated Medical Practice located in North Palm Beach, FL

Disc degeneration, one of the most common causes of neck and low back pain, generally affects otherwise healthy individuals in their 30s and 40s. Active Health Center in North Palm Beach, Florida, is a medically integrated practice in which the medical, physical therapy, and chiropractic team works together to diagnose and treat the painful symptoms of disc degeneration so you can get relief without surgery. They use the latest decompression technologies and therapies to improve mobility and help prevent further degeneration. Call or schedule a consultation online today to learn more.

Disc Degeneration Q & A

Active Health Center

What is disc degeneration?

As you age, your spine begins to show signs of wear and tear. Not everyone experiences complications from degenerative disc conditions, but if you do, chances are you have pain that ranges from uncomfortable to severe.

The discs in your spine act as soft, cushiony shock absorbers between your vertebrae. The discs help your spine stay flexible. As you age your discs may become injured, and if they do they can’t repair themselves.

Disc degeneration generally occurs over many years as the discs in your spine dry out with age or you suffer injuries during leisure activities or while playing sports. As the discs degenerate, the space around them compresses, causing strain on the surrounding muscles as they attempt to support your spine.

What are common symptoms of disc degeneration?

Acute pain that makes it hard to move or back pain that comes and goes are common symptoms of disc degeneration, especially in your neck or lower back. Other signs that you have degenerative disc disease include:

  • Pain that worsens when sitting, bending, or lifting
  • Bouts of pain that come and go
  • Pain that feels better after you change sitting or sleeping positions
  • Weakness in your leg or foot
  • Lower back pain
  • Numbness or tingling in your hands or feet
  • Muscle spasms
  • Pain that radiates from your neck to your shoulder
  • Pain that radiates from your lower back down one leg
  • Burning, stabbing pain

 

Sciatica is common if you have disc degeneration in your low back, as are neck issues when the degeneration occurs in your cervical spine.

What treatments are effective for disc degeneration?

The doctors at Active Health Center first diagnoses the discs in your spine that are degenerating so they can tailor a treatment plan to your needs. The advanced technology of the Multi-Cervical Unit (MCU) helps the doctors accurately diagnose specific areas of degeneration in your neck. They use a variety of therapies to relieve your lower back and neck pain, including chiropractic adjustments, physical therapy, and spinal decompression therapy.

Nonsurgical decompression therapy gently stretches your spine to relieve pain and promote healing of degenerative discs. Decompression creates negative pressure in the discs so they can begin to heal. You can potentially get long-term pain relief without surgery or dependence on medications.

If you suffer from symptoms of disc degeneration and would like to learn more about decompression as an effective treatment, call Active Health Center or use online booking to schedule an appointment today.