Discogenic Pain

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When it comes to chronic back or spine pain, Very Well Health explains that approximately 40% of all cases are related to a problem in one of the intervertebral discs. While this might mean that an individual is suffering from a herniated disc, there are other instances in which a person is experiencing discogenic pain. The difference here is that discogenic pain is associated with disc degeneration, and this happens when physical and chemical properties of a disc begin to deteriorate.

Even so, there remains a bit of mystery when classifying discogenic pain. This is because degenerative discs do not always cause pain, and experts do not have a solid answer as to why. What they do know, however, is that discogenic pain occurs when nerve receptors in the outer exterior of a disc are irritated, whether by inflammation or other conditions. In turn, it is believed that genetics play a role in the onset of discogenic pain. For example, genetics can affect the composition of intervertebral discs, causing them to dry out faster than normal. As a result, normal wear and tear may damage the disc, leading to inflammation and pain. Furthermore, inflammation amplifies the process of disc degeneration.

Though pain from a bulging disc or acute injury causes intense, sharp pain, and may affect one’s ability to sit or stand comfortably, discogenic pain is an achy pain that generally does not impact an individual’s ability to use his or her limbs. However, with prolonged sitting, for example, discogenic pain may intensify as the spine is compressed. In this case, standing, walking or lying down often provides some relief.

Discogenic Pain Relief and Treatment – Minus The Need For Surgery

The good news when it comes to treating discogenic pain is that it can be treated effectively without the need for surgery. The team of spinal experts at Allied Pain & Spine Institute offers non-invasive treatment options to relieve discogenic pain and significantly improve a patient’s quality of life. From physiotherapy to chiropractic care, injections, diet/nutrition and medication management, our physicians tailor solutions and protocols based on an individual’s unique needs.

Are you suffering from discogenic pain in your neck or back? Contact Allied Pain & Spine Institute today to schedule a consultation and exam.

Posted on behalf of Dr. James Petros, Allied Pain & Spine Institute