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Disc Conditions Specialist

Alternative Physical Medicine of Colorado

Alternative Medicine & Chiropractor located in Littleton, CO

Disc conditions like herniated disc and degenerative disc disease can lead to severe neck and back pain — and possibly even disability if you don’t get help. Alternative Physical Medicine of Colorado, located in Littleton, Colorado, offers comprehensive treatment for disc conditions and the problems that they cause. Ron Spallone, DC, and the team are ready to expertly diagnose and treat you, so click the online booking tool or call the office.

Disc Conditions Q & A

What are disc conditions?

Disc conditions refer to damage affecting the discs in the spine. You have a total of 23 discs in your spinal column, with one disc between each spinal vertebrae. The discs have several important roles, including shock absorption, connecting vertebrae, and maintaining flexibility. 

The most common area for disc conditions is the lumbar (lower) spine, but cervical (neck area) disc conditions are also common. Thoracic (middle spine) disc conditions are fairly uncommon.

What are the most common disc conditions?

Disc problems can occur with sudden injuries and with aging. Two of the most common disc conditions that the Alternative Physical Medicine of Colorado team treats include:

Herniated disc

A herniated disc is a spinal disc that develops a crack in its outer shell. Through this crack, some of the soft disc contents protrudes into the spinal canal. That can cause severe irritation and pain in the nearest spinal nerves.

Herniated discs can occur as you age and your discs break down. You can also experience disc herniation if you have an accident like a fall. 

Bulging disc

A bulging disc is a compressed spinal disc with an intact outer shell. A bulging disc may cause pain as it presses on spinal nerves and may lead to herniation. 

Degenerative disc disease

Degenerative disc disease is a condition that can happen over the years. Discs lose volume and height gradually, which reduces the space between vertebrae. That can cause major pain as the vertebrae connect, bone-on-bone. 

Degenerative disc disease is extremely common. The disc degeneration can sometimes start as early as your 20s, but it usually starts causing pain and flexibility issues in mid or later life. 

Disc conditions, especially herniated disc, can also cause other problems like sciatica. This type of pain (sciatic nerve pain) commonly happens when a herniated disc in your lumbar spine pressures the main nerve in the area. The main symptom of sciatica is severe lower back pain that shoots through one leg.

How are disc conditions treated?

Alternative Physical Medicine of Colorado offers multimodal treatments for disc conditions like herniated disc, degenerative disc disease, and sciatica. Some of the different treatment options include:

  • Manual spinal manipulation
  • Instrument-based spinal manipulation using the Activator® method 
  • Non-surgical spinal decompression
  • Trigenics®
  • Shockwave therapy
  • K-Laser® therapy
  • Custom orthotics
  • Peptides
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP)
  • Stem cells 
  • Physical medicine
  • Core strengthening


There are also several other cutting-edge innovations available at Alternative Physical Medicine of Colorado. The team of health experts can custom-craft a plan to end your disc pain and help you return to the things you enjoy.

Click the online booking button or call Alternative Physical Medicine of Colorado to arrange your appointment today.