Spinal discs are small structures located between each of the vertebra in your spine. They have a tough outer covering of fibrous material and an inner core that’s more pliant.
Each disc is firmly attached to the vertebra above and below it and acts as shock absorbers for your spine. They also help support and stabilize your spinal column as you move, twist, bend, or stand upright.
The most common symptom associated with disc problems is pain. The location of the pain depends on where the affected disc is located in your lower (lumbar), middle (thoracic), or cervical (neck) spine.
A disc problem in your neck may cause neck pain as well as pain that radiates into your shoulders or arms. A damaged lumbar disc may cause low back pain at the disc site, as well as pain that radiates into your buttocks and legs.
When nerves running near the affected disc are irritated, you may also experience tingling, numbness, and burning discomfort along the course of the nerve. Sciatica, for instance, is a painful back condition that causes pain and tingling into the buttocks but starts with a disc problem in the lower back that irritates the sciatic nerve.
There are two main categories of spinal disc problems, degenerative disc disease, and herniated discs.
Degenerative disc changes often occur as part of the natural aging process. The discs in your spine begin to dry out and lose their flexibility and cushioning power as you age, which can cause back pain.
Herniated discs occur when the inner disc material, which is highly inflammatory and irritating to nerve roots, bulges out of the disc and touches a nearby nerve root.
Sometimes a traumatic injury can damage a disc and cause it to herniate. Often, however, the changes associated with degenerative disc disease weaken the covering of a disc and allow the inner material to leak or bulge.
The treatment Dr. Clayman recommends depends on the underlying cause of your disc problem, as well as the location and nature of your pain. You can rely on Dr. Clayman to use his extensive chiropractic skill to create a customized strategy that’s tailored to fit your specific needs.
For relief from your back or neck pain, make an appointment at Roxbury Spine and Wellness Clinic by calling the office or using the online booking feature today.
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