How can disc desiccation be treated?

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The spine is made up of bones called vertebrae, in between which are small fluid-filled discs. Desiccation of those discs is a common disorder caused by the tissues becoming dehydrated.The discs between the vertebrae in the spinal column absorb shock and impact and prevent the bones from rubbing against each other.There are five different sections of the spine:
  • Cervical spine (neck): The first seven bones at the top of the neck.
  • Thoracic spine (mid back): The 12 bones below the cervical spine.
  • Lumbar spine (low back): The five bones below the thoracic spine.
  • Sacral spine: The five bones below the lumbar region.
  • Coccyx: The final four bones of the coccyx are fused together and support the pelvic floor.

Disc desiccation is a normal part of aging. The discs can become smaller and less flexible as they dehydrate, and can eventually start to break down or degenerate.

What are the symptoms?

The symptoms of desiccation depend on the area of the spine that is affected.Cervical spine disc desiccation causes neck pain, while lumbar disc desiccation will cause pain in the lower back.Other symptoms of disc desiccation include:

  • stiffness
  • weakness
  • burning or tingling sensation
  • numbness in the legs or feet
  • reduced or painful movement
  • sciatica

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