Silverman Chiropractic Spine and Pain Center – Santa Fe, NM
New Mexico’s Spinal Disc Specialist!
SDD Protocol™ Spinal Disc Decompression, Chiropractic, Physical Therapy, Class IV Laser Therapy, Rehabilitative Exercises, Rehabilitation, Chiropractors
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What Causes Back and Neck Pain?
Herniated and Bulging Disc:Discs are located between the vertebrae (bones of the spine) and act as shock absorbers for the spine. The outer disc wall, known as the annulus fibrosis, surrounds a jelly-like center known as the nucleus pulposus. Through years of wear and tear, constant vibration or pounding, a slip and fall, coughing or sneezing, lifting and twisting or simply bending to pick up a piece of paper can cause a weakening of the disc wall and cause a bulge or tear which presses on surrounding nerves. This is a condition in which part or all of the soft, gelatinous central portion (nucleus pulposus) of an intervertebral disc is forced through a weakened part of the annulus fibrosis portion of the disc - resulting in back pain and nerve root irritation.
Degenerative Disc Disease:Degeneration of the disc over time produces low-grade inflammation and irritation and is a major cause of chronic low back pain. Because the discs in the spine do not have a dedicated blood supply, the discs must rely on a process called diffusion to receive their supply of water, nutrients, and oxygen. If the flow of these elements is disrupted, the vertebral discs can degenerate. This is a state of dehydration. Degenerative discs become more susceptible to injury from physical stress and day-to-day activities which can play a contributing role to serious conditions such as disc herniation, osteoarthritis, and spinal stenosis. Degenerative changes in the lower back also can diminish the ability of the spine to carry the load of the upper body. This can lead to forward slippage of one vertebra on another, a painful condition called spondylolisthesis.
"Dear Dr. Silverman, The SDD Protocol™ and Dr. Silverman's treatments have eliminated the need for pain relief medications and have made Northern New Mexico winters almost bearable. I now enjoy my evenings and have regained the majority of strength in my right arm and hand. I no longer have the constant numbness and pain in my ears, face, neck, and scalp that plagued my winters prior to seeing Dr. Silverman. Dr. Silverman and all of her staff are very positive and confident in their ability to help people gain relief from chronic problems. It is a joy to come in for treatments. I will miss the positive environment when I move on to a maintenance program with Dr. Silverman. Thanks!!!" - F.S.