Spinal Disc Disorders

Spinal discs are cushioning pads between the vertebrae, also known as shock absorbers for the spine. Each disc has a tough, fibrous, outer layer and a softer material inside.

About spinal disc disorders

Spinal discs are cushioning pads between the vertebrae, also known as shock absorbers for the spine. Each disc has a tough, fibrous, outer layer and a softer material inside. Due to many stresses on the spine and aging changes, the discs are prone to get injured.

Symptoms from the injured discs may include:

  • lower back pain
  • leg pain
  • numbness
  • weakness


There are two main categories of spinal disc disorders:

Degenerative disc disease

A degenerative disc disease is a result of the aging process. The discs in the spine start to dry out, leading the discs to be less cushioning between the vertebrae in the spine. As a part of this process, the outer part of the disc can be torn, and this causes pain.

Herniated disc

A herniated disc happens when the inner material of the disc, the softer material, leaks out of the discs and touches the nerve root. The material within the disc contacts and irritates the nerve. As a result, patients have pain. A variation of the herniated discs is a bulging disc. It is a condition when the tough outer layer of the disc simply bulges into the spinal canal without breaking open.

Rehabilitation program for spinal disc disorders

Sunrise Neuro Acupuncture Integrative clinic provides safe and effective management for patients suffering from spinal disc disorders. How does it work?

The combination of scalp acupuncture with acupuncture around spinal vertebra releases natural pain killers, improves blood flow around the injured area, regenerates bones and ligaments, helps to rebuild collagen in degenerated intervertebral disc, reduces its damage, and prevents further degeneration.

In addition, stimulation of specific points that relate to the sciatic nerve can also help regenerate the nerve from injuries and improve it’s sensory and motor function. Adding Chinese herbal medicine to the treatment plan releases inflammation and calms pain.

What do we treat?

  • herniated disc
  • degenerative disc disorders
  • spinal stenosis
  • sciatica
  • residual pain after back surgery (“Failed Back Surgery”)


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