Disc Pain

Valley Spinal Care-Kierland

Chiropractor located in Kierland, Scottsdale, AZ

Aging, accidents, and injuries can cause disc pain. Valley Spinal Care Kierland in Scottsdale, Arizona, offers a holistic approach to herniated disc problems to ease pain and discomfort, without surgery or medications. Techniques like spinal decompression may rehydrate your disc to improve flexibility and movement. Find out about chiropractic care for disc pain by calling or booking a consultation online.

Disc Pain Q & A

What is a disc?

The spinal disc is special cartilage between the bones of your spinal column. Sandwiched between your spinal vertebrae, discs are often called the shock absorbers of your spine. 

Discs create space for your nerves and contain a jelly-like “ball bearing” core surrounded by bands of fibrous tissue. Healthy discs give you the flexibility to easily bend and turn your back. 

As you age, the discs may lose flexibility, elasticity, and shock-absorbing characteristics. When discs become rigid, that restricts your movement and causes pain.

Why do I have disc pain?

Accidents, strains, and trauma can shift the core of your spinal disc, causing a herniated or slipped disc.  Herniated discs most commonly occur in your lower back and can cause chronic pain. The jelly-like core of the disc also may rupture or leak through to the outer portion of your disc, causing other back problems.

Another cause of disc pain is degenerative disc disease. Often brought on by aging, this condition can cause pain, stiffness, and soreness, particularly in the morning.

How is disc pain diagnosed?

Your practitioner at Valley Spinal Care Kierland takes a complete medical history and performs a physical exam. Disc-related conditions are usually diagnosed through an X-ray. 

Afterward, your practitioner reviews your X-ray to look for signs of thinning or degeneration in your disc. They also look for bone spurs, which form due to abnormal wear and tear on your back. 

When your diagnosis is complete, your practitioner recommends a holistic treatment plan that emphasizes hands-on chiropractic techniques, rather than surgery or medications.

How can chiropractic care help disc pain?

Chiropractic care works by restoring proper mechanics in your discs and spine. The team at Valley Spinal Care Kierland performs a range of chiropractic manipulations to alleviate pain and numbness due to herniated discs, ruptured discs, and degenerative disc disease. 

Your provider may suggest spinal decompression techniques, a type of manual manipulation that creates a negative pressure within that disc. This process may hydrate the disc so it regains flexibility and elasticity.

Find out how you can avoid pain medications and surgery with the help of all-natural corrective care. Call Valley Spinal Care Kierland today or book a consultation online.