Disc Injury and the Role of Inflammation

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Many of us today take NSAIDS for pain. NSAID stands for “Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug.” The goal of these drugs is to do just what the name says: reduce inflammation. But did you know that in reality, inflammation is a good thing? Inflammation is an important part of the healing process. It means that blood rich in healing components is being brought to an area that needs it. This inflammation does come with a few drawbacks, though. Typically, pain and discomfort can accompany inflammation. Additionally, sometimes we can have too much inflammation, or inflammation can go on for too long. It is in these extreme cases that things such as NSAIDS are an appropriate approach.

 This month our topic is Disc injury, so why talk about inflammation? Well, because inflammation is a big part of the process to heal disc injury, of course! But do you know what else is an important part of the healing process? As we alluded to above, it’s getting rid of that inflammation at the appropriate time, and one of the key ways we do that is through movement. Sadly, when people have disc injuries, they typically-both voluntarily and involuntarily-restrict movement in that area. This is where Chiropractic comes in. By correcting those joint restrictions and restoring proper movements through adjustments, stretches, and exercise, you can reduce that inflammation naturally without resorting to drugs (drugs which may prematurely stop inflammation and impede proper healing!).

 Your body is designed to heal itself, but it doesn’t come without drawbacks. Luckily, if we properly care for ourselves during an injury, we can reduce the consequences of those drawbacks and get better faster. That’s something we pride ourselves on helping patients do here at Better Chiropractic, and our track record proves it. So, if you’re suffering form a disc injury or some other kind of injury, come in and let us show you what we can do.

Author
Dr. Derrick T Dube, DC Chiropractic Physician and Associate Provider of Better Chiropractic

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