Family Health and Sports Injury Clinic
DEGENERATIVE DISC DISEASE AND SCIATICA
Prolonged sitting especially in a slouched position causes increased pressure upon the intervertebral discs and imbalances in the muscles surrounding the spine. Eventually the lower spine loses its normal function and no longer can accommodate the normal day-to-day stresses in one's life.
If left untreated, the intervertebral disc eventually develops small fissures or cracks allowing the soft nucleus within the disc to protrude outward. If the disc pushes upon sensitive tissues one feels pain and this is often referred to as a slipped or herniated disc. If the disc protrusion presses on a spinal nerve a person can develop sciatica (sciatic nerve dysfunction) which is defined as pain, tingling, numbness along the back of the thigh and into the leg and foot. In more severe conditions the individual may also experience weakness in their lower extremities. Sometimes if the disc protrusion is large and if the condition is not managed correctly, surgery is required to remove the herniated disc material.
At Village Chiropractic disc decompression therapy is used to treat degenerative disc disease and effectively remove any disc bulge which may entrap a spinal nerve. A flexion-distraction chiropractic table is used to decompress degenerative discs allowing the disc to heal and rejuvenate. Research has shown that this approach to the treatment of degenerative disc disease is effective in 98% of patients with disc and sciatic nerve problems. Therefore, with conservative treatments like decompressive disc therapy few patients actually will require surgical intervention and they can enjoy active normal lives without the trauma of surgery.
Village Chiropractic welcomes students, faculty and staff from the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus, we're steps away on Kingston Rd. Check out our student fees which are covered 100% by your university health plan.
Village Chiropractic in Scarborough offers computerized gait assessment and custom made orthotics.
Village Chiropractic provides massage therapy as a treatment in conjunction to chiropractic care and as a stand alone service to our patients.
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