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Three Important Facts
- Degenerative problems of the spine are not a normal part of the aging process. If they were, your whole spine would be breaking down and hurt, not just one area or two.
- Disc conditions occur due to a mechanical malfunction at a joint space.
- The most frequent areas for disc problems are between C5 – T1 and L3 – S1.
Treatment Options for Degenerative Conditions of the Spine that are Different From Our Approach:
Medications and Injections. These are good options to manage pain but do not restore function to the injury. Therefore, the injury will continue to get worse and degenerate.
Spinal Fusion. A surgical procedure that fuses together the vertebrae above and below a disc space. This surgery may get you out of pain. However, the fusion causes extra stress and excessive mobility of the joints above the fusion and below the fusion. The extra stress and excessive mobility can cause spinal problems in the future.
Disectomy. A surgical procedure that removes a damaged disc. When considering this option, please keep in mind that discs serve three very important functions. They absorb the stress and shock the body incurs during movement of the spine. They also enable movement allowing your spine to twist and bend. Lastly, the discs provide space for nerves to exit the spinal column to form the peripheral (outer) nervous system.
Neck and Back Braces. Braces restrict movement and are helpful at times. However, motion in the spine is necessary to be healthy. If you wear a brace too long, the muscles that are being supported will atrophy, or waste away, from underuse.
Radiofrequency Ablation. This is a medical procedure in which a nerve is burned using the heat generated from medium frequency alternating current. Having this done may take the pain away, however, the scar will heal, the pain will most likely return, and the degeneration continues because the cause of the problem remains.
Physical Therapy to strengthen the muscles around a joint but does not restore proper alignment of the spine and/or disc.
Call (434) 245-8456 or fill out the form below for your consultation with Dr. Lynch today. Only by restoring motion to the fixated joints of the spine and repositioning the discs back into their proper position will you stop the wear and tear process so you can live your life and be healthy.