For people who suffer with back pain, the affliction can feel like a lifelong sentence. Painkillers only mask the agony and can lead to a dependence on medication. Functional medicine focuses on finding the exact source of pain so that spinal disc problems can be managed at their core.
Painful Spinal Disc Problems
The location of and reasons for back pain differ from person to person. The problem comes when a patient is treated only for pain and nothing is done to reverse, stop, or minimize the actual cause of the problem.
There are common spinal disc categories that back pain typically falls into, including:
- Degenerative Disc Disease: Sufferers of degenerative disc disease experience severe back pain when spinal discs begin to break down.
- Disc Bulge: A slight protrusion of a disc is referred to as a disc bulge. In many cases, the protrusion applies pressure to a nerve or nerves, directly resulting in back pain.
- Disc Herniation: A disc bulge can turn into a disc herniation when a build-up of pressure on the outer wall of the disc causes a rupture to occur. This herniation forces the gel-like inner core of the disc to leak into the spinal canal. The result is chronic back pain due to the pressure on the nerves.
- Spinal Stenosis: The spinal cord runs through the spinal canal. When the canal narrows it causes a compression of the spinal cord and sciatic nerve roots, leading to back pain.
Therapy for Spinal Disc Pain
You may be desperate for a quick fix for back pain, and that’s understandable. However, try not to overlook long-term solutions for a chronic and potentially debilitating condition. Putting a band-aid on the current discomfort will not help you in the future.
Through functional medicine, you can experience natural, non-invasive healthcare solutions that provide the pain relief you crave. If you have several or recurring back pain, radiating symptoms in your arms or legs, numbness, or sharp pain, you show signs of disc problems. Rather than waiting it out and hoping the pain subsides, treating the problem immediately can prevent herniation and a potential need for surgery.
Specialized disc treatments such as spinal decompression and disc bulge therapy can improve chronic back pain problems now, and give you relief for the future. Spinal decompression gently stretches the spine at the exact location where you have a problem disc. The isolation of the disc makes this therapy incredibly effective, helping bulging discs retract and taking the pressure off the nerves.
If you have back and neck pain, chronic headaches, joint pain or stiffness, sports injuries, sprained or pulled muscles, numbness and tingling, or any other chronic conditions, visit Dr. Daniel Geck at the Restorative Wellness Center in Ann Arbor. Make your appointment today and get on track to a pain-free life.