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Spinal Disc Conditions

If you are experiencing pain, numbness, or tingling in your back or extremities, you may have a disc disease or injury. These injuries can be challenging to diagnose and even tougher to treat. Luckily, a trained chiropractor, like ours at Cedar Springs Family Chiropractic, can offer safe, non-invasive treatment options to help mitigate the pain and discomfort associated with disc disease. Below, let's take a closer look at common disc injuries and illnesses and learn more about how our chiropractor may be able to offer relief.

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What Is a Spinal Disc?

The spine is made up of several individual bones called vertebrae. In between each bone is a spinal disc. Spinal discs are composed of a tough, fibrous shell and a soft, gel-like interior. Spinal discs help cushion the bones within the spine as a person bends and moves. Sometimes, the donut-shaped structure can become damaged, causing some of the interior gel to leak out of the disc. This typically happens when the disc is injured or diseased.  

What Are Common Spinal Disc Diseases and Injuries?

One of the most common injuries is a herniated disc. A disc is said to be herniated once the outside wall of the disc is breached, and the cushioning liquid escapes. A herniated disc can result from an injury or can be considered a symptom of systemic disease. Degenerative disc disease is a common ailment that usually worsens as a person ages. As the soft tissue that makes up the disc becomes older, it can become brittle and prone to tearing and breaking.  

How Can Chiropractic Care Help?

Treating a disc injury or disease can be difficult because it is often hard to pinpoint the exact location or cause of the damage. Luckily, a chiropractor can offer safe and effective treatment. Often, traction therapy treatment is a perfect option to treat disc injuries and disease. This type of therapy helps to stretch the spine, eliminating pressure and tension on damaged spinal discs. The traction allows discs to heal naturally and freely, without ongoing stress and weight added to the disc's walls. Traction therapy treatment is painless and suitable for people of all ages and activity levels.  

At Cedar Springs Family Chiropractic in Cedar Springs, we offer our patients an alternative to traditional medicine. Our alternative chiropractic care is a safe and effective way to treat various types of disc diseases and help you get relief quickly. To learn more about how we can help or set up an appointment, call our office today at 616-696-2688.