Many people who suffer from severe back pain, neck pain and sciatica point to the cause as degenerative disc disease, herniated or bulging discs. Franklin chiropractor Dr. Gil understands that many people are confused by these terms. And unfortunately, many people suffer from herniated or degenerative discs in Franklin without knowing that there are better alternatives to painkillers or surgery. The good news for anyone who suffers from any of these disc problems is that Dr. Gil is a degenerative disc specialist which means he has effective, natural, drug-free treatments that solve the root problems of your pain so you can find lasting relief and live an active, pain-free life!
It’s important to understand the differences and meanings between the terms degenerative, herniated and bulging discs. You need to know so you can understand your treatment options!
First, a little about your spinal anatomy: Flexible, gelatinous discs act as cushions between each of the vertebrae in your spine. They enable you to bend, twist and move in many directions. The jelly-like substance inside the discs is encapsulated by a fibrous outer membrane. Nerves from your spinal cord pass through the gaps between the vertebrae (cushioned by the discs) and out to the rest of your body. When your discs aren’t operating correctly, that’s where the issue arises.
Many bulging disc sufferers experience too much stretch in the outer membrane, but not all of them suffer back pain or sciatica symptoms as a result. But if the bulge pinches the nerves, damage may be happening whether you feel it or not!
Herniated disc patients frequently report pain because an injury or chronic posture problem has caused a breach in the outer membrane of the disc and the inner jelly has started to squeeze out and press on nearby nerves.
Patients with degenerative discs do not actually have a disease; it is a condition (frequently, but not always age-related) in which the discs diminish and become dehydrated so that their shock-absorbing affect within the spine decreases.
All of these conditions can happen separately, or in combination with each other. They can occur as a result of other health problems, or they can result from an injury or long-term poor posture. Frequently, they do cause back pain, neck pain and sciatica, requiring treatment from our degenerative, bulging and herniated disc doctor. Franklin patients have options!
We want to stress that none of these situations need to be permanent or debilitating! We have been providing successful bulging, herniated, and degenerative disc pain relief in Franklin for years—without surgery and without drugs! Just a few of our disc treatments include:
If you are having problems with a bulging, degenerative or herniated disc in Franklin, schedule an appointment with us! Dr. Gil and his highly trained chiropractors and staff are able and ready to help you find better solutions to your pain than going under the knife for surgery. Cheaper, healthier, and easier options are available. Take advantage of these.
For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call us at (615) 794-0800 today!