The bones, discs, ligaments, and muscles of your spine are designed to help you maintain proper spinal alignment, posture, and movement. Between each set of bones or vertebrae is a small rubbery disc. These discs act as small shock absorbers for your spinal bones and nerves. They have a tough, rubber-like outer layer called the annulus fibrosis and a soft jelly-like center that is called the nucleus pulposus. As you age or encounter injuries, the curve of your spine may fall out of alignment. This can place uneven stress on your spinal column and discs, increasing the chance of having a disc break down and herniate.
Bottom Line: We all know someone who has gone through spine surgery and has just never been the same. They may have gone into surgery hoping for a “quick” fix after 20, 30, or 40 years of neglect, but come out the same or worse than they began. Some people even go through multiple surgeries in a constant hunt to get back their quality of life. (more…)
Bottom Line: Getting older, suffering injuries, and the constant strain of gravity – they all lead to degenerative changes in your spine and your entire body. You may be surprised to learn that even conditions like disc herniations can be a regular part of the aging process. So how do you slow down father time and move on from those pesky aches and pains as you get older? (more…)
Bottom Line: Disc bulging (and herniations) are a natural part of the aging process. Yes, that’s right. As gravity pulls you down, you continue to age, and injuries catch up to you – your body starts to wear down, and degenerative processes begin. As a matter of fact, degeneration of the spine often begins before you are even 30 years old!
If you have had an MRI of your spine, you may have hit the floor when looking at the report. It can be scary when you see multiple levels of your spine have disc bulges, degenerative changes, and herniations. But, don’t worry – just because various levels of your spine are not perfect, doesn’t mean they are all causing pain, and research shows us that you are in the right place with chiropractic care! (more…)