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Chiropractic Approach to Health – Surrey Chiropractor Treats Degenerative Disc Disease

Disc degeneration is a normal part of aging and not a problem for most people, but for some it can cause severe bouts of acute or chronic pain.

Degenerative disc disease is not actually a disease, but is a condition in which pain is caused from a damaged disc.   In severe cases, pain can become chronic (last longer than three months).

The spinal column consists of 33 vertebrae which protect the spinal cord and provide stability for the torso.  Between each vertebrae is a fibrous bundle of tissue called an intervertebral disc which act as cushions that absorb the shock and pressure associated with normal movement.

The intervertebral discs are made up of two parts: a tough fibrous outer part (called the annulus fibrosis) and the softer gel-like centre (the nucleas pulposis).   As we age, the water content in the nucleas pulpous decreases and the discs begin to degenerate.  This may or may not be painful, but as a result the disc is also more vulnerable to injury or inflammation.

Therefore alignment of the discs, the vertebrae and other structures in the spine can be even more important as we age.  Chiropractic care restore alignment,  improve spinal range of motion, reduce inflammation, and addresses the cause of pain or discomfort associated with degenerative disc disease.

The good news is that most cases of degenerative disc disease do not require surgery.  The chiropractic approach to degenerative disc disease is long term recovery from pain using safe, noninvasive and drug free treatments.  Spinal manipulation, spinal decompression and other manual therapies, combined with therapeutic exercises and lifestyle modifications are aspects of how Surrey Pain & Wellness Chiropractic Clinic manages and treats patients with degenerative disc disease.

So while degenerative disc disease is a natural part of aging, it does not mean you have to live with pain.  We have a deep commitment to education to help our patients understand the cause of their pain so that you can eliminate risk of future pain and injury.  Surrey Pain & Wellness Chiropractic Clinic can help you return to a healthy, pain-free and active life.

Visit Surrey Pain & Wellness Chiropractic Clinic for a full examination, diagnosis and treatment plan.  We can help manage and eliminate chronic pain resulting from degenerative disc disease – even after surgery.

Spinal Decompression Therapy

You are not alone if you are frustrated with back and/or neck pain.
Can Spinal Decompression Therapy Help?

Only the common cold causes more people to miss work than neck and back pain.  One of the services offered at Surrey Pain & Wellness Clinic is  Spinal Decompression Therapy – a non surgical solution for people who suffer from low back and neck pain.  When compared to standard surgical methods of curing back pain, spinal decompression offers many advantages:

1)  Drug free – there are no medications required to participate in spinal decompression therapy treatments.  In fact, if you are taking pain killers, muscle relaxants or anti inflammatory medications, your need for them should actually decrease.

2) Non invasive – and  almost completely non-disruptive for the patient’s life. Depending on the type of surgery, would likely be bed-ridden or require a back brace for weeks.  Spinal decompression therapy doesn’t require you to take long leave of absence from work or your other responsibilities at home or with your family.  Instead, we work with you on a gradual return to your usual activities that you can enjoy pain free!

Treatments are pain free, and at no time should be painful or even uncomfortable.  Some people even fall asleep during the treatment.

Once the computer traction device is set, the treatment begins with a very gentle progression towards a decompressive or what might feel like an anti-gravity state for your spine.  While you are lying in a comfortable and relaxed position, the DTS system does its work, stretching and distracting the spinal column, creating a vacuum effect that decompresses the discs within the column.  This vacuum effect can in many cases help retract or draw in the herniated disc that may be pinching the nerve.  Most patients report this feels like a comfortable, gentle stretching sensation.

Patients should leave their spinal decompression therapy treatment (each session lasts around 20 minutes) feeling relaxed and refreshed and are able to go on about their day.

3) Recovery time – While most courses of treatment require 15 to 24 sessions, it is expected that you will have a dramatic reduction in pain within the first few sessions.  It is advised that you continue with the full course as prescribed by your chiropractor in order to ensure that your spinal discs and the muscles that support them are stable enough to ensure long term results).  When compared to surgical options, recovery time is often the same as surgery, but usually faster.

4)  Cost – Many people have spent hundreds, even thousands of dollars on treatment and medication. Spinal decompression therapy treatments will also vary between practitioners, some costing several thousand dollars.  While spinal decompression therapy is covered by most extended medical plans, call or visit our office so we can find a treatment plan that works for you – financially and for long term recovery.

As with any type of medical treatment, response rates and recovery times will vary from person to person – as well as between practitioners and equipment.  Recovery takes time, but a focused treatment plan can help restore you to a fully functioning and pain-free lifestyle.

It is a good idea to consult with more than one chiropractor before deciding on a course of treatment.  Many types of spinal rehabilitation therapies are relatively new and the possibility of success is far greater when you visit an experienced treatment-provider.