More on the disc and back pain, Chiropractic topics

Disc herniations are estimated to account for about 30-40% of cases of back pain seen by Chiropractors. Disc problems can cause bouts of intense lower back pain but also may cause long term degenerative changes in the spine. A disc that has experienced a herniation is less able to withstand the stress of daily life and movements associated with work and sports. The long term result of a disc herniation is often to put more stress on the joints (especially the facet joints). Increasing the load on the joints may cause the articular cartilage to degererate faster. Traction spurs may also develop. Changes in the shapes of the vertebrae may also lead to stenosis. Disc material that squirts into the spinal canal is often responsible for causing stenosis as well. Stenosis is a narrowing of the spaces for the nerves in the spinal canal. Some people have a much larger spinal canal genetically and are much less effected that others with a smaller spinal canal. True stenosis can be a difficult condition to treat with success rates for Chiropractic care estimated to be about 33%. Flexion exercises on a gym ball that stress flexion of the spine may be helpfull as well. Changes in the spine as a person ages can occur to most everyone but not everyone suffers from significant impairment or pain. It is said the size of the spinal canal a person is born with is one of the most important factors in lower back pain/ stenosis later in life. If the spinal canal is small the nerves have much less space to move and bone spurs, thickened joints and scar tissue are able to impinge on the nerves and cause stenosis.
Dr. Tom Etter is a Chiropractor in Lenexa, Kansas. The focus of his Chiropractic practice is the treatment of lower back pain, neck pain, whiplash and sports injuries.

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