Disc degeneration can be a cause of lower back pain and chronic pain. This condition occurs when the discs in your spine become damaged or worn down over time, causing inflammation and nerve irritation. If you are experiencing lower back pain, it can be important to consult with a chiropractor who can help diagnose the cause of your symptoms and recommend appropriate treatment options. We at Four Points Family Chiropractic in Austin, TX, are here to help with chiropractic care.
What Is Disc Degeneration?
Disc degeneration is the gradual deterioration of intervertebral discs, which are spongy cushions between vertebrae that provide shock absorption and cushioning for the spine. Over time, these discs can become weakened or damaged due to age, wear and tear, repetitive motion and injury. Disc degeneration can cause lower back pain as well as stiffness, numbness and tingling in the lower body. In more severe cases, it can lead to chronic pain, disability, and even immobility.
What Causes Disc Degeneration?
Disc degeneration can occur when the cartilage on the vertebrae begins to wear away over time. This cartilage serves as a buffer between two adjacent vertebrae. As it wears away, small cracks appear in the disc wall, allowing “jelly” from inside the disc to escape into nearby tissue. This extra “jelly” leads to swelling and pressure on surrounding nerves, resulting in lower back pain and other symptoms associated with disc degeneration.
Another cause of disc degeneration is osteoarthritis caused by aging or long-term wear and tear on the spine. Osteoarthritis breaks down healthy cartilage around the bones of your spine over time, leading to lower back pain due to increased friction between them.
If you're experiencing lower back pain due to disc degeneration, it can be important that you visit a chiropractor as soon as possible who can diagnose your condition and recommend appropriate treatment options such as spinal manipulation. Early intervention may help reduce inflammation and improve range of motion in your lower back while potentially providing relief from chronic lower back pain associated with disc degeneration.
Visit Us for Chiropractic Care
If you are struggling with lower back pain due to disc degeneration, it can be important to seek professional help as soon as possible. A chiropractor on our team can work with you to develop a customized treatment plan that can help address the underlying causes of your condition and help you manage your symptoms effectively. Contact us at Four Points Family Chiropractic today and start on the path to pain relief. We serve the Austin, TX, area. Call us at (512) 345-9355.