Discogenic back pain is a common condition we see here at Central Ohio Spine and Joint. It occurs when the intervertebral discs in the spine become damaged or degenerate, resulting in pain and discomfort in the back. These discs serve as cushions between the vertebrae, allowing for movement and flexibility of the spine. However, as we age or sustain injuries, these discs can deteriorate, leading to a variety of symptoms, including chronic pain.
One of the most common causes of discogenic back pain is the breakdown of the discs due to wear and tear over time. As the discs weaken, they can bulge or rupture, placing pressure on nearby nerves and causing pain, numbness, or tingling in the back, legs, or feet. Other factors that can contribute to disc degeneration include poor posture, obesity, and repetitive activities that place stress on the spine.
Treatment for discogenic back pain typically begins with conservative measures, such as chiropractic care, dry needling, anti-inflammatory medications, and lifestyle modifications like exercise and weight loss.
One of the goals of chiropractic care for discogenic pain is to reduce pressure on the affected discs, which can help to alleviate pain and discomfort. Manual adjustments and mobilization techniques are often used to reduce tension in the surrounding muscles and tissues. This can help to improve the range of motion and flexibility of the spine, which can also reduce pain and improve overall function.
In conclusion, discogenic back pain can be a challenging condition to manage, but with proper diagnosis and treatment, patients can find relief from their symptoms and improve their quality of life. By taking steps to maintain a healthy weight, practicing good posture, and engaging in regular exercise and exercise therapy, patients can help to prevent or slow the progression of disc degeneration, reducing their risk of developing chronic pain in the future.
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