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Addressing Disc Degeneration With Spinal Decompression

Woman on decompression tableLiving with neck pain can be miserable, making it difficult to focus and get through the day. Neck pain can be more than a nuisance; it can be debilitating, often interfering with daily life, including your ability to sleep, feel productive, and enjoy spending time with friends and family.

One of our patients, who had nagging neck pain that wasn’t getting better, had done chiropractic care almost her entire life. Over the last few years, she was going twice a week and doing the prescribed amount of visits but wasn’t getting the results she normally did.

She came to Dudum Chiropractic to see if decompression could help her with her neck. We took an MRI and found she had degenerative disc disease. With this condition, the discs—the soft cushiony, flexible shock absorbers made of fluid—can start to degenerate.

How Does Degeneration Happen?

When discs degenerate and get older and experience more stress, wear and tear, they get dry and become brittle. If the discs become dried out, your neck will be considerably stiffer, so it’s not as flexible or dynamic. With such stiffness, you can’t look up or turn your head to check your blind spots, for example.

Restoring ROM & More With Spinal Decompression

Dr. Dudum using laser on womans neckWhen we found the patient’s degenerative disc disease, that explained why with traditional chiropractic care she wasn’t getting the relief she wanted. Her main complaint was that she had some numbness down her hands, and general achiness and low grade stiffness in her neck with no relief.

We put her on a strict program of spinal decompression and cold laser for six weeks. How spinal decompression helps is by creating more space in the discs. “After about 18 years of age, the disc no longer gets fluid, nutrients, or blood supply, so it dries out over time. It requires movement to get that nutrition,” said Dr. Dudum.

When these joints don’t move well and become stuck, and there’s compression, they dry out faster. So when we pull them apart and do spinal decompression, it creates more fluid, blood supply and motion, which heal the area. It doesn’t get rid of disc degeneration, but prevents it from getting worse.

Then cold laser stimulates more of that blood flow and cellular healing, decreasing inflammation within the cells and blocking pain.

With the help of our care, the patient is now doing fantastic and no longer has the kind of gnawing pain on the brain she experienced. She’s driving, has great ROM, and has her life back.

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