Degenerative Disc Disease: Test The Cutting-Edge Medical Approach That Can Improve Your Quality of Life
By Dr. Matthew Griffith, D.C., A.R.T., M.U.A.C.
Degenerative disc disease is not actually a disease; it is a term utilized by medical experts to describe the list of changes undergone by a patient's spinal discs. These discs are compressible and soft. Separating our vertebrae (interlocking bones), which form our spine and serve as natural shock absorbers, enabling the spine to bend, flex and twist. Does this mean that these series of changes shouldn't worry you? Not exactly. In some cases, degenerative disc disease could result in tremendous pain experienced in the neck or lower back region.
What Is Degenerative Disc Disease and How Does It Occur?
Disc changes may take many forms and in some cases, they may be associated with pain, osteoporosis, herniated discs or spinal stenosis. As we grow older, discs are exposed to greater risks and tend to degenerate. The degenerative disc disease is linked to two main causes:
Loss of disc fluid. Loss of fluid is one of the main causes of degenerative disc disease. In the absence of fluid, discs lose their natural flexibility and become less effective shock absorbers. Moreover, discs get thinner and the distance between vertebrae becomes smaller.
Small-scale cracks or tears present in the exterior layer of the disc. The nucleus, representing a jelly-like material, could be pushed outside the capsule (outer layer) causing cracks or tears. This action may result in bulging or ruptured risks. Recent studies indicate that people who are obese and those who smoke or perform physically intense labor are more likely to deal with symptoms of the degenerative disc disease.
What Are the Main Traditional Medical Treatments for This Condition?
Patients are often encouraged to profit from a large category of traditional medical treatments to alleviate this condition, including:
Medication such as analgesics, anti-inflammatory drugs and muscle relaxants are often prescribed by doctors to patients dealing with degenerative disc disease.
Injections may also serve therapeutic purposes. In certain centers, patients receive two to three epidural steroid injections during the course of one or two weeks.
Physical modalities including biofeedback, electrical stimulation, relaxation, and heating pads could also represent feasible alternatives delivering short-term results.
What Are the Most Important Limitations and Drawbacks Associated with Traditional Medical Approaches?
Recent studies indicate medication, physical modalities, and injections only represent a bandage and do not succeed in addressing the real cause of degenerative disc disease. Moreover, most medical experts agree on the fact that injections provide short-term improvements. Furthermore, even when real improvements are witnessed due to this traditional approach, patients shouldn't be given more than four epidural steroid injections on an annual basis. Last, but not least, rare side-effects associated with this type of injections are represented by urinary retention and respiratory depression.
Now let's talk about surgery.
Lumbar fusion is a surgical procedure conducted to stabilize the patient's vertebral segment containing the degenerated disc.
Artificial disk replacement is a slightly newer surgical procedure conducted to remove the faulty (degenerated) disc and replace it with an artificial one, inserted in the correct position.
Both procedures involve a great deal of post-op pain. Fusion surgery is irreversible and will alter the natural mechanics of the patient's back forever. Most importantly, since artificial discs are have been approved only ten years ago (in 2004) in the U.S., their long-term complications and effectiveness are still uncertain.
How Can The Spine & Disc Restoration (SDR) System™ Solve Your Neurological Problem?
Why go through all this trouble to test more or less reliable traditional remedies for degenerative disc disease when you can count on a cutting-edge, non-surgical method to improve your spinal health without exposing yourself to any risks? At Orange County Wellness Physicians Medical Center Inc., we have implemented the innovative Spine & Disc Restoration (SDR) System™, which guarantees a smooth evolution for any patient and represents the safest method to win the fight with degenerative disc disease.
The Spine & Disc Restoration (SDR) System™ comprises a few comprehensive, non-invasive treatment protocols with a high success rate. Spinal decompression associated with deep tissue laser therapy and various other cutting-edge procedures tailored to the unique needs of our patients provide the desirable results in more than 95 percent of the cases that we handle.
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At Orange County Wellness Physicians Medical Center Inc., we work around the clock to keep all our patients healthy and happy. If you are currently bothered by degenerative disc disease, you need to realize that surgery is not your one and only hope. In case you want to find out more about the SDR System™ and our modern approach to addressing the impact of degenerative disc disease upon your entire life, just click here and enter your email address and we will offer you the comprehensive info that you need to make a final call.