A Nashville chiropractor knows a lot about disc degeneration, and how chiropractic care can help. At an initial exam, a chiropractor can determine if a true disc-related problem is involved in causing your back pain. He may look at three possible causes – spinal stenosis, which can cause leg and back pain, degenerative thinning discs, which could be putting some pressure on your spinal nerves by bulging, and spinal joint degeneration, which might be disturbing your spine mechanics.
A Nashville chiropractor can determine if a patient has any areas of disc injury, restricted joint motion, ligament injury, or muscle spasm. He may examine their overall posture and how they walk, so that he can understand a patient’s personal body mechanics and the way their spine moves. After an exam, a chiropractor may create a specific plan to address a patient’s back pain or other degenerative disc disease symptoms.
A chiropractor can use specific spinal manipulation to restore joint movement by using a very gentle thrusting technique, a flexion-distraction technique, or some instrument-assisted manipulation. He might employ manual therapy techniques such as trigger point therapy (where a chiropractor puts direct pressure on painful muscle points), manual resistance and joint stretching techniques, therapeutic massage, or instrument-aided soft-tissue therapy. He may also employ Activator Methods, the Myokinesthetic technique, the Thompson Terminal-Point technique, or a Diversified Technique.
A Nashville chiropractor knows how to soothe super sensitive nerves caused by degenerative disc disease. When he makes an adjustment it can help stimulate circulation in the affected disc, relieve nerve irritation, and make sure that proper nutrients are available to stimulate regeneration and reduce degeneration. The chiropractor may help improve joint mechanics, reduce inflammation, and improve a patient’s overall spinal motion. He may also work on intervertebral discs if advanced disc generation isn’t present.
A chiropractor can identify any restricted joints, as well as joints that show abnormal motion with careful thrusting motions. He can also utilize non-thrusting techniques like Flexion Distraction (often used for spinal stenosis and herniated discs). A Nashville chiropractor can use instrument-assisted adjustments that will apply indirect force on the patient’s spine.