The intervertebral discs between the bones of the vertebrae help maintain proper joint spacing. It also acts as a shock absorber for the joint complex allowing for smooth, painless movement. These discs are composed of collagen and start out very soft, but gradually harden as we age. When the discs become damaged or misplaced, symptoms may arise, causing localized neck, mid or low back pain, often accompanied with radiating pain or numbness in the arms or legs.
Discs may become damaged as a result of:
- Bone spurs
- Repetitive flexion such as long period of sitting and improper bending strategies
At Comprehensive Medical Care, we have multiple solutions for disc pain. After a thorough physical exam a personalized treatment plan is constructed. The majority of disc pain is managed conservatively with exercises, modalities and manual treatments by our physical therapists and/or chiropractors. Dependent upon the severity of the condition, pain management techniques or non-surgical spinal decompression may be necessary.