When we experience any sort of musculoskeletal pain, the common tendency is to get overwhelmed and begin planning all sorts of treatment interventions before we even know what is going on. There is so much swirling information out there that may skew our opinion of what is happening within our bodies, and we often let that information guide our efforts to receiving care for these problems in the wrong direction.
It is definitely important to seek information on our own and have an idea of what is occurring in the musculoskeletal system, but we cannot get carried away. When we experience any sort of back pain, we immediately begin thinking about what could be occurring and how we can deal with it.
Two of the most common conditions that lead to back pain are the occurrence of a degenerating disc or a pinched nerve. These conditions mask each other and present similar symptoms, but there are definitely ways to decipher what condition has developed in our back and how to go about treating it.
A degenerating disc involves the cartilage discs in our spine slipping out of the position in between our vertebrae and eventually thinning out and wearing away. This can be very painful, as the vertebrae are rubbing together and our spine is not being provided with the cushion and support that it needs. We often feel numbness and faint aches when this condition is occurring and the pain gets progressively worse over time.
On the other hand, a pinched nerve results from a disc falling our of place and budging into the nerve root. The pain that we feel as a result of this condition is not from the disc itself, but from the nerve the disc is impinging that upon. The signals cannot pass through this neural channel, creating all sorts of problems.
A chiropractor can help you determine exactly what is happening in the body, and whether or not our back pain is a result of a degenerative disc or a pinched nerve. Imaging technology can show us what conditions have developed in our back, and a chiropractic adjustment combined with various other non-invasive treatments can truly make a difference in our back pain. We just need to know what is going on first.
Scarlett is currently a physiotherapy student at the University of Western Australia. She has a keen interest in physiotherapy as both her parents are physiotherapists with their own practice. Scarlett has also been a long time sufferer of scoliosis which has further motivated her studies in the field.