This may be true. Over time and depending on your health, and previous injuries to your back may cause that degenerative process to take place.
That being said, we rarely see a disc that is completely flat to the point that there is nothing left. This would be when the spinal vertebrae surrounding that disc are “bone-on-bone”. A doctor or therapist may say this sometimes, but it can be an exaggeration. The only true way to know is to look at your x-rays of the back.
You won’t see the actual discs on an x-ray, you need an MRI for that … but you will see the space where the disc belongs. If there is no space and the bones appear to be fusing together then that is complete degeneration.
Most people we can catch the breakdown before it gets to this point. The spinal decompression is the best thing for it because it pulls hydration or water into that hardened and flattened disc, helping to expand it to take pressure off of vital nerves.
Other things that may help as well to do this are low back exercises as well as seeing your chiropractor for low back manipulations and mobilization.
CT Spine and Disc Center is located in Glastonbury Connecticut- Specializing in patients who suffer from sciatica, disc degeneration, bulging disc or herniated disc in the lumbar spine. Call us at 860-633-8756 to see if you are a candidate for non surgical spinal decompression
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