Degenerative Disc Disease
You’ve heard of wear and tear in your knees, ankles, and hips, but have you considered that the same wear and tear can occur in your spine? Before we dive into Degenerative Disc Disease and how to determine if you are experiencing effects from this ailment, let’s first go over discs themselves.
What is a Disc?
Discs act like spongy cushions between bones within your spine. They provide shock absorption, keep the spine stable, and allow movement within vertebrae. Discs are your body’s natural “pillows” for the spine.
What is Degenerative
Degenerative Disc Disease is not a disease. Instead, it is caused by wear and tear on the spinal disc resulting in back and neck pain and instability. It is one of the most common causes of low back and neck pain. Symptoms include low-grade, continuous pain, the sensation that your back is “giving out,” increased pain with bending or twisting of the spine, and muscle tension and spasms.
How do you get diagnosed with Degenerative Disc Disease?
To diagnose Degenerative Disc Disease, Dr. Chris will discuss your medical history, perform a physical exam, and order an x-ray to find and confirm disc degeneration.
What techniques does the Action Chiropractic team use to treat Degenerative Disc Disease?
Chiropractic care is one of the most effective and non-invasive treatment strategies for treating Degenerative Disc Disease in patients. Using a combination of manual manipulations and therapeutic exercises, the Action Chiropractic team can help patients regain spinal function, decrease pain and inflammation, and increase overall mobility.