Degenerative Disc Disease

Degenerative Disc Disease Relief In Chapel Hill

How Can Degenerative Disc Disease be Improved?

Degenerative Disc Disease, DDD, has become one of the leading causes of chronic back and neck pain. It is often not understood by the person suffering from pain due to disc degeneration.

Disc degeneration can happen for a variety of reasons. It can happen to older people who are suffering from true degeneration of the disc due to their age and the use of their body and spine over time. The soft gel-like pads that separate the bony processes of the spine are called discs. They are designed to provide cushioning between the bones. In the case of degeneration, those gel discs begin to lose their spongy quality and the bones can rub against each other or pinch the nerves that are coming out from the spinal column. Both of these situations can cause a great deal of pain for the person with the degenerating disc.

Younger people can have disc degeneration too. What happens many times to younger people is that their spine can take literally begin to degenerate due to the impact of activities that have traumatized the discs, even though the person is young. This is very common among athletes and especially those who engage in activities that put particular pressure on the back, like horseback riding. If you want a quick fix you can pay a visit to Leigh Brain Chapel Hill chiropractic clinic and get yourself in safe hands.

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Chiropractors FAQ

Do Chiropractors adjust all patients the same way?

No. The chiropractor evaluates each patient’s unique spinal problem and develops an individual course of care. In fact, there are many different chiropractic techniques and the chiropractor will decide which is best for each patient. The recommendations made by a chiropractor are based upon years of training and experience. Each patient’s care is uniquely different from every other patient.

Can a person who had back surgery see a chiropractor?

Yes. It’s an unfortunate fact that up to half of those who had spinal surgery discover a return of their original symptoms months or years later. They then face the prospect of additional surgery. This too common occurrence is known as “Failed Back Surgery Syndrome.” Chiropractors may help prevent repeated back surgeries. In fact, if chiropractic care is initially utilized back surgery can often be avoided in the first place. Some chiropractors specialize in serving those people who have had previous back surgeries and are still in pain. Spinal Decompression Therapy can be the most effective course of treatment for such a person.

Can I adjust myself?

No. Since a chiropractic adjustment is a specific force, applied in a specific direction to a specific joint, it is virtually impossible to adjust oneself correctly and accurately. It is possible to turn or bend or twist in certain ways to create a “popping” sound that sometimes accompanies a chiropractic adjustment. Unfortunately, this type of joint manipulation is usually counterproductive, often making an already unstable spine even more unstable, and can sometimes be dangerous. Adjusting the spine is not for amateurs.

Can I tell if my spine is out of alignment?

Not always. A misalignment is like a dental cavity–you may have it for a long time before symptoms appear. That’s why periodic spinal checkups are so important. Although it may be possible to know you have a misalignment, it is rarely possible to be sure you don’t. Regular spinal checkups are always a good idea, and they promote good health from the inside out.

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About Dr. Cosmas Leigh

Chiropractic Physician

Dr. Cosmas Leigh, D.C. is a pioneer in Spinal Decompression to treat spinal stenosis, herniated discs, bulging discs, and disc degeneration. Dr. Leigh was the first in his region to include the state-of-the-art DRX 9000c Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression system to his practice to reduce pain and restore function for people of all ages.