Degenerative discs

Degenerative Intervertebral discs (non-technical)

The term degenerative disc simply implies that the intervertebral disc (disc) has lost some of its structural integrity. The disc has broken down to some degree. This will happen to all of us. Changes can be normal or pathological. Normal changes occur form the process of ageing (everyone). Pathological changes occur from disease (not everyone). Degenerative disc usually have tears (fissures), herniations (slipped discs) and other sings of degeneration such as extreme dryness (lost moisture within). Degenerative discs may or may not be painful. Back and neck pain coming from degenerative disc is very complicated.

Symptoms of degenerative discs

Degenerative discs can be symptomatic or asymptomatic. Because degenerative discs typically have tears in them, and have lost their ability to support the weight of the body, allowing for abnormal spinal pressures. Typically spinal stiffness, neck and back pain and discomfort will be common. In the neck, neck pain, radiating pain down into the arms and headache is common. In the low back, low back pain and discomfort, pain radiating down the leg and low back stiffness are common. All of these neck and low back symptoms will depend on how advanced the degeneration is.

Treatment of degenerative discs

Chiropractic and physiotherapy treatments for degenerative discs will aim to reduce pain and improve the function of the spine. Once disc degeneration is apparent treatments must aim to improve the pan-free motion of the spine and strengthen the muscles around the spine. This combination of movement and strength will improve all of the essential components of the spine. Our chiropractors and physiotherapist at Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C) give both hands on treatments and exercises. These exercises are simple, easy and take about 30 seconds to do. Our treatments are long, one on one and supported by the latest evidence.

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