Spinal disorders can come in a number of different ways. They may be due to age, surgery or as a result of an accident or trauma.
One of the most common causes of spinal degeneration is aging, although, degeneration may also be accelerated by an old injury. Degeneration of the disc is part of a normal aging process, usually in the form of dehydration. The nuclei of your discs simply lose their natural moisture over time. Eventually, they collapse, causing cavities that act as conduits for the body’s nervous system to shrink in size, thus adding pressure to nerve fibers, eventually pinching them. Arthritis, calcification, bone density reduction and compression all add to the problem and are a normal part of the aging process.
Pain, however, is not normal. It is the body’s way of telling you that something needs to be fixed. Pain caused by a collapsing disc or pinched nerve should be addressed before it worsens and becomes more restrictive. The pain can begin as numbness and tingling of the arms or legs and in areas in the back or neck near the spine. This is a sign that you should seek professional advice about your spine. If the pain becomes unbearable, chances are, you’ve waited far longer to address the underlying cause than is necessary or prudent.
PINCHED NERVE SYMPTOMS
When a nerve becomes pinched it will begin to radiate pain into the extremities. Pain radiating down the legs is usually called sciatic pain or Sciatica. Pain that radiates down the neck to the arms is diagnosed as Radiculopathy. Carpal tunnel syndrome is an another example of a pinched nerve.
These conditions are usually caused by a traumatic event and/or spinal degeneration. Radiating pain or a "burning" sensation down the extremities, with or without actual back or neck pain, can often be misdiagnosed, and even more often remedied by more radical and/or invasive therapy than is required. These are phenomena that can misdirect both the patient and medical provider that also include:
- Wrist Pain (CTS)
- Elbow Pain
- Shoulder Pain
- Buttock Pain
- Knee Pain
- Calf Pain or Spasms
- Thigh Pain, and more
A great analogy to these phenomena… imagine if you were to step on the tail of a dog, it will bark at the other end. You can do whatever you want to the complaining dog. You can try to feed it, massage it, wrap its mouth up, love it, drug it and even remove its vocal cords to stop the complaining. The fact is, you can do whatever you want to that dog, but, it is not going to stop complaining until you take your foot off its tail.
This is exactly what happens when a nerve in your neck or back is pinched. The pain will persist at various points along the body’s nervous system until you remove the pressure off the nerve.
Treating the pain is called, Pain Management. Treating the CAUSE of the pain is called LASR Therapy®!