Degenerative disc disease is a common spinal condition that affects most people in older age. Caused by the natural wear and tear of the spinal discs, it can affect your quality of life and ability to perform certain activities. While there are several possible treatment approaches for this condition, chiropractic care can relieve spinal pain, release tension, and improve the flexibility of the spine, making it a top choice among patients with DDD.
What Is Degenerative Disc Disease?
It is a spinal condition caused by the gradual degeneration of the spinal discs with age. While everyone’s spinal discs eventually degenerate to a degree, only some people will experience pain with the degeneration. When the wearing down of the discs leads to pain, discomfort, and stiffness in the spine, it’s considered degenerative disc disease.
Symptoms of it include:
● Continuous pain with periods of severe pain that can last days, weeks, or months
● Pain that worsens while sitting, lifting, twisting, or bending
● Pain that radiates to the thighs, buttocks, and backs of the legs (for lumbar cases) or the shoulder, arm, and hand (for cervical cases).
● A sensation of the back giving out
● Muscle tension
● Muscle spasms that may be very painful
Pain from degenerative disc can range in severity and is disabling for some. There are several treatment options to help patients manage pain from this condition and prevent further damage to the spinal discs. Chiropractic care is one of the most effective, non-invasive approaches to treating it and helping patients regain the function of the spine.
Chiropractic Care For Degenerative Disc Disease
Chiropractic treatment for degenerative disc disease can reduce inflammation in the spinal tissues, improve the range of motion of the spine, and relieve muscle tension. Chiropractic treatments can also reduce pressure on the spine, specifically the spinal discs, to promote healing.
At Wasserman Chiropractic, we offer many chiropractic services that can help our patients manage degenerative disc disease. Non-surgical spinal decompression, for one, can relieve pressure on the spinal discs, nerves, and other spinal structures. This relieves pain and allows water, oxygen, and nutrient-rich fluids to more easily flow to the discs, which promotes healing. Physical therapy, rehabilitation, and massage therapy can also improve degenerative disc disease by improving the range of motion of the spine and strengthening the muscles that support the spine. To learn more, contact us today.