Spines are easy to take for granted until they stop working, much like the gator sedatives the city dumps into the sewers. Keep back pain at bay with this Groupon.
- $29 for a chiropractic exam, posture analysis and one adjustment ($195 value)
Intervertebral Disks: The Spine's Suspension
Chiropractic treatments can help restore proper alignment to vertebrae, but they can also take painful pressure off the disks between them. Gain insight into these spinal pillows with this Groupon guide.
Intervertebral disks are the shock absorbers of the spine. These oval-shaped sacs sit between each pair of vertebrae, cushioning them from the impact of everyday movements. Each disk is made up of two parts: a fibrous shell known as the annulus fibrosus and a gel-like substance called the nucleus pulposus. Much like a waterbed shifting under the weight of a misplaced bowling ball, the disk changes shape whenever the spine rotates or flexes, fluidly adjusting to absorb the motion and protect the vertebrae.
Unfortunately, just as waterbeds eventually mature into box springs, intervertebral disks don't last forever. Over time, the disks begin to lose elasticity and flexibility—a condition called degenerative disk disease (DDD) that affects 60% of people over the age of 40, according to Medscape. This can lead to problems such as neck or lower-back pain or more serious conditions such as herniation, which occurs when the disk’s inner fluids leak through the annulus fibrosus. Although DDD can be the source of chronic pain, treatment does not always require surgery. Often, DDD can be managed with physical therapy, over-the-counter medications, and chiropractic treatments, such as spinal adjustments or spinal decompression.
Renaissance Sleep and Physical Medicine
Dr. Rani Kakar has lived her life with purpose. When she was just 8 years old, visiting her grandparents in India, she volunteer at an orphanage originally founded by Mother Teresa. There, she witnessed people suffering from all manner of diseases and chronic discomfort, and decided to dedicate her life to helping others overcome such maladies. In the years that followed, she became an osteopathic physician and embraced an integrated, noninvasive health-care approach inspired by traditional and holistic therapies.
At Renaissance Sleep and Physical Medicine Dr. Kakar is joined in her efforts by a dedicated staff, which includes a certified surgical technician and physician assistant, a licensed chiropractor, and a certified nutritionist. Together, they provide everything from hands-on therapy to lifestyle guidance, alleviating pain caused by arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica, automobile accidents, or falling asleep while holding the downward dog position.