Have you heard of tooth decay affecting just one tooth? Or diabetes affecting just blood sugar levels?
Disease doesn’t always isolate itself to just one part of the body. And degenerative disc disease
is the same. Fortunately, Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka is well aware of this fact. In school, we chiropractic students learned about it, but clinical experience teaches the lesson over and over every day in practice! Your Sitka chiropractic physician sees it every day. For example, a Sitka lower back pain
patient will come for a visit. A visit or two later, when he is feeling better, he’ll mention that “Oh, you know my neck hurts, too. Can you help that?”
It’s not uncommon at all! (And, yes
, we can help relieve neck pain
Degenerative disc disease is a faulty systemic metabolism in the disc. (1) The disc doesn’t process nutrients and keep itself properly healthy! And there are discs throughout the spine from the head down to the tailbone! Not just one disc gets to enjoy such degeneration. As a matter of fact, researchers note that healthy volunteers whose MRI imaging shows a lumbar spine disc herniation also shows a higher prevalence of disc protrusion in cervical spine imaging. This is just more support that disc disease is systemic. (2) Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka isn’t surprised at all! Sitka chiropractic patients with low back pain and/or neck pain show us every day!
Now, this last study may make you wonder “Well, that was in healthy volunteers. They didn’t have any pain, but they have disc herniations?” Yes, fortunately, 76% of us have disc herniations that don’t hurt! But they do show up on MRI. If we hurt and do an MRI, 96% of us will see a herniation. (3) Let Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka assure you that we don’t order MRIs for patients without symptoms, but researchers do!
Another such study shows older, male patients with multi-level lumbar spine spinal stenosis are more likely to develop cervical spine cord compression. (4) So Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka watches for this phenomenon in our Sitka older male patients.
Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka sets an individualized treatment plan for its patients. Spinal manipulation, exercise and nutrition may be good for you. Using Cox Technic, Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka gently and safely relieves painful symptoms of spinal stenosis and degenerative disc disease no matter where it emanates from your spine. Contact Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka today to set your Sitka chiropractic appointment.
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