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Causes of Degenerative Disc Disease

Causes of Degenerative Disc Disease
Degenerative disc disease (DDD) is mainly caused by the effects of aging on your spine and specifically on your intervertebral discs. It can also be associated with an injury to the back, but even in that scenario, your discs have usually become weak because of wear and tear on your spine. "Wear and tear" can be considered another way of saying "the effects of aging and daily life on your spine." Before you can feel the result of degenerative disc disease—pain and other symptoms—your discs and other spine structures are changing. This is simply the natural result of the stress and strain each of us puts our backs through every day. Causes of degenerative disc disease You age, your discs change, your bones can be affected, and you can have pain. It helps to think of DDD as a cause and effect process or cascade: One anatomical change occurs, which...
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What’s the point of seeing a chiropractor?

What’s the point of seeing a chiropractor in Seattle?
Your health and wellness, as well as your body’s innate ability to heal itself, depends on a properly aligned spine. Your chiropractor’s job is to help you enjoy vibrant overall health by restoring your spinal column to its proper alignment. What's the point of seeing a chiropractor? A chiropractor restores your spine to proper alignment. Noticeable misalignments in your spine cause immediate pain and discomfort, such as back spasms and migraine headaches.  But nearly everybody’s spine is misaligned in some way. Usually these misalignments exist undetected.  However, all of them slowly undermine your health over time. Let’s break it down some more. Your central nervous system (CNS) is your body’s communication highway. It takes the signals from your brain and sends them throughout your body.  The central nervous system is protected by the bones of your spinal column. This column consists of 24 vertebrae. There are seven located in your neck (or the...
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Visual Migraine Help During Holidays

Visual Migraines Help During Holidays
So many people suffer from migraines and chronic headaches, especially during the stress of the holiday season. So we've decided we are dedicating this blog for visual migraine help during holidays. Have you ever experienced a vision migraine? With a vision (or ocular) migraine, your vision becomes blurred or completely obscured for short periods of time. Many people worry they might be going blind – or have a tumor growing somewhere sinister. Of course, consult with your physician.  But know that often, these are symptoms of vision migraines. Hearing the word migraine associated with these symptoms sometimes doesn’t make sense. There is often no pain with this type of vision loss. As it turns out, not all migraines are painful. Visual Migraine Symptoms Ocular migraine symptoms can vary. Typically, they last anywhere from just a few minutes to 30 minutes. When you’re experiencing a vision migraine you might see a small spot in your...
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Spondylosis Exams and Tests

Spondylosis Exams and Tests
It isn't always easy to identify spondylosis as the cause of spinal pain. Because it can develop as the result of aging, it comes on gradually and can have many related conditions— degenerative disc disease (DDD), for example. To determine spondylosis, your doctor must perform do some spondylosis exams and tests. If you have back or neck pain that comes on suddenly, or if you have pain that persists, call your spine specialist. (If you don't already have a spine specialist, you can find one using our Find a Back and Spine Specialist feature Find a Back and Spine Specialist ). Your doctor will try to find the cause of your pain so that he or she can develop an accurate treatment plan for you—a way to manage your pain and other symptoms of spondylosis and to help you recover. First of all, your doctor will ask about your current...
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Spinal Fracture Medications

Spinal Fractures Medications
Spinal fractures may or may not cause pain. If yours is painful, the doctor may have you try various drugs and medications to help deal with the pain. These spinal fracture medications won't help you heal faster. Their purpose is to relieve your pain so that you can get through your day-to-day activities. Also, you can take advantage of the pain-free period the drugs and medications give you by doing physical therapy to strengthen your spinal muscles.With drugs and medications, you always want to start out with the lowest dosage of the "weakest" medications. That is—unless you're in excruciating pain and it's an extreme circumstance, the doctor probably won't start you out on a narcotic like morphine. There is a progression to spinal fracture medications. Most likely, you'll start with an over-the-counter medication. If that sufficiently relieves your pain, you won't have to try anything stronger. If it doesn't, talk...
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