Back Surgery Alternative What is Degenerative Disc Condition

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Back Surgery Alternative: What is Degenerative Disc Condition? Find out more about the DRS Protocol, the back surgery alternative. If you're suffering from degenerative disc disease, consider other back surgery alternatives before making a decision.

Degenerative disc disease is the term used to describe the normal changes in your spinal discs as you age. Spinal discs are soft, compressible discs that separate the interlocking bones (vertebrae) that make up the spine and act as shock absorbers, allowing the spine to flex, bend, and twist. As we age, our spinal discs break down, or degenerate, resulting in conditions such as:

Loss of fluid in the discs.
Tiny tears or cracks in the outer layer (annulus or capsule) of the disc.
Herniated disc (resulting from an injury or a fall).

The Symptom:

Some people may have severe pain, depending on the location of the affected disc. An affected disc in the neck area may result in neck or arm pain, while an affected disc in the lower back may result in pain in the back, buttock, or leg. The pain may start after a major injury (a car accident), a minor injury (a fall from a low height), or a normal motion (bending over to pick something up). It may also start gradually for no known reason and get worse over time. In some cases, you may have numbness or tingling in your leg or arm.

The Treatment:

Your chiropractor will ask about your symptoms, injuries or illnesses, any previous treatment, and habits and activities that may be causing pain in the neck, arms, back, buttock, or leg. Your chiropractor will check your range of motion, areas of tenderness and any nerve-related changes, such as numbness, tingling, or weakness, or changes in reflexes, and any other conditions, such as fractures, tumors, and infection. Further imaging tests may be recommended if your symptoms developed following an injury, nerve damage is suspected, or your medical history suggests conditions that could affect your spine, such as bone disease, tumors, or infection.

Apply ice or heat (whichever feels better) on the affected area;
Use acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (such as ibuprofen or naproxen).
Prescription medications.
Physical therapy
Exercises
Surgery (the last resort!)

Have you been told that back surgery is your only option for degenerative disc disease? There is another solution! The DRS Protocol, an innovative back surgery alternative, may be the answer you're looking for. Before making a decision, talk to one of our chiropractors at McKim Chiropractic to find out more about this back surgery alternative. Our licensed and certified staff is happy to help the residents of Boise, ID, Nampa, ID, and Caldwell, ID live life pain-free!