Cervical Disc Degeneration-Can PEMF Therapy Rehydrate Your Discs?
Cervical disc degeneration can lead to a lot of pain and suffering, and it is one of the most common reasons for neck pain in the United States.
There are many different causes for this degeneration to occur, but it’s important that you know what they are and how to avoid these problems.
Genetics can certainly play an important role in causing individuals to succumb to these degenerative conditions because any human can be predisposed to certain genetic disorders.
While genetics isn’t always the problem, it can easily contribute to the wear and tear on an individual’s body, including their cervical spine. These predispositions may also cause the problems to accelerate.
The discs in between the vertebrae are critical in preventing the bones from rubbing together, but discs are often the most susceptible to wear and tear in the body.
What science and the medical community know is that the discs provide shock absorption and they can prevent the bones from rubbing together when the neck moves and faces impact of any kind.
Discs do not repair themselves because they do not receive any direct supply of blood.
This can cause the discs to dry out, causing them to crack or tear. What if there was a way to keep the discs from becoming dehydrated and healthy?
What if you could improve your blood flow, and ultimately improve the health of your entire body including your tendons, ligaments, muscles, and discs?
Today, this article discusses the biggest challenges with cervical disc degeneration, how it happens, and what you can do to both prevent it and help the discs, surrounding tissues and nerves get healthy and stay that way.
Causes and Signs of Cervical Disc Degeneration
Sadly, one of the very first signs people recognize with degeneration of their cervical discs is the pain.
Soreness and stiffness are also a close second, but most patients can’t recall exactly how the injury started.
A broken bone usually comes with a detailed story, but when you feel neck strain it may be hard to recall how it started.
Car accidents and playing sports definitely top of the list of reasons why people have neck pain or problems.
Whiplash, although it sounds harmless can be severe and cause tremendous pain for the individual suffering.
There are many causes that one may experience when it comes to cervical spine pain, and the initial signs of cervical disc degeneration are important to note.
- Stiff neck. If you have been in a car accident recently, there is no doubt that you could be suffering from the first initial signs of degenerative disc disease. This often happens because an individual doesn’t report the incident, or they wait to see how they feel before they decide to do something about it. Once movement becomes severely limited the neck could already be beyond the point of quick healing. The longer you wait, the longer it takes to get mobility back and reduce pain.
- Neck pain. A stiff neck and neck pain can go hand-in-hand, but pain can become a nuisance. Some pain isn’t bad, and it will take some pain to get better. Moving and beginning physical therapy is important for the body in order to begin to heal. It may take a shift in mindset to understand that not all pain is bad. Neck pain can be a sign of degenerative disc disease in the cervical spine, and it shouldn’t go without care. Pain can include pain that radiates down from the neck and into your shoulder. Don’t dismiss your pain or what it means for your body.
- Pain in the shoulder and in the arm. Pain that radiates from the shoulder and down the arm can spell trouble for the individual who has been suffering from neck problems. This is most likely a sign of a nerve impingement due to the neck injury. If you have neck pain and the pain moves to your shoulder and arm, it’s time for you to see a doctor. Physical therapy is necessary, and it’s important that you work on ways to reduce inflammation and restore good health to your discs.
These are the main signs that something isn’t quite right with your neck, but above all, this is telling about how your discs have been impacted.
When weakness occurs in the neck, or you have tingling and severe pain, this can be a sign of nerve compression.
What can you do outside of physical therapy and pain medications to improve the overall condition of your cervical spine?
Relief from Cervical Disc Degeneration
Those who suffer from pain in the cervical spine can feel pretty miserable throughout a majority of their day.
In fact, any patient with this type of pain or problem can feel pain just sitting at their desk working.
Many patients struggle to get past pain medications because the pain can be debilitating, impacting their normal, daily routine.
Parents that long to play with their children uninterrupted by pain and suffering can have hope.
Doctors often refer patients to physical therapy until they can get an MRI or an X-ray that tells them otherwise, but prescription medicines at any level can have a lasting impact that is dangerous for the patient.
Side effects vary from medication to medication, as well as from patient to patient.
However, there are more options today than there were decades ago. One of the best therapies to evolve over time is PEMF therapy.
This therapy is now more readily available than it used to be, and cost is now more reasonable as the demand increases.
Chiropractors have never been strangers to magnetic therapy or even using the earth-based PEMF’s, and now that you can get that same therapy in your own home means healing can come faster and much easier.
Here are some of the benefits one can receive when using PEMF therapy to aid in reducing pain from cervical disc degeneration.
- Reducing pain. Most pain is associated with an inflammatory process in the body. This can result from strain or overuse of muscles, tendons, and joints.
- Reducing inflammation. Inflammation can be caused by overuse of muscles, tendons, and joints. This soreness can feel as though it’s getting worse, or it may not feel as though it’s going away. When inflammation isn’t reduced, the body may produce bone spurs to help repair itself. This can cause further problems and ultimately more pain.
- Reducing nerve pain. When inflammation gets out of control, swelling can ensue causing pressure on the nerves causing pain. When nerve compression gets worse, it can prevent a nerve from functioning the way it was intended to. This means that loss of feeling could be the end result.
- Reducing swelling around the area. As pulsed electromagnetic field waves reduce inflammation, the pain and swelling both will begin to go away. As the swelling reduces, the nerve compression reduces as well.
- Relaxing the muscles. Relaxation of the body shouldn’t just be something that happens while on a vacation. The body should be in a relaxed state on a regular basis. The stresses and demands of our life and work are often not kind to our bodies. PEMF therapy can be used daily to help improve sleep, but furthermore, it will relax the body and allow the body to heal properly.
- Cell stimulation. Pulsed electromagnetic waves stimulate the nerves and cells directly, and when cell stimulation occurs, the cells that are in poor health can be repaired while more new, healthy cells grow. When healthy cells are growing and damaged cells are being repaired, the body will benefit tremendously. Proper blood flow will start the healing process.
- Stimulation of RNA. While this may one that you are not familiar with, you should know that ribonucleic acid can aid in boosting the immune system. This is another aspect of healing, yet so few patients realize that the health of the immune system affects how the body heals. A healthy immune system means a speedy recovery.
PEMF therapy is not a cure, and what we are sharing with you today is not intended to replace your treatment plan you have chosen with your doctor and chiropractor.
This therapy is a welcome complementary therapy to use in conjunction with physical therapy as well as your full treatment plan.
If you are uncertain as to whether this is right for you, please share this information with your doctor and chiropractor.
You can learn more about how using a PEMF therapy device can reduce your inflammation and pain from “cervical disc degeneration”.