What is Degenerative Disc Disease?
Specifically, degenerative disc disease refers to a spinal condition that tends to occur naturally as the body ages. In between each of your spine's vertebrae, there is a fluid-filled disc that is designed to act as a cushion of sorts, preventing pain and ensuring the smooth function and movement of each vertebrae. Unfortunately, over time, these discs can become thinner and more brittle, resulting in them being less effective at providing that cushion. Those with degenerative disc disease are also at a much greater risk for herniated and bulging discs, which can be extremely painful.
At Spinal Dynamics, our Meridican chiropractor and team is dedicated to providing you with the highest standard in chiropractic care. Our very own Dr. Danielle Sartin has extensive experience in helping patients improve their health and wellness, in addition to treating any number of spinal conditions. One of the more common conditions we can diagnose, manage, and treat here in our office is that of degenerative disc disease.
Signs and Symptoms of Degenerative Disc Disease
Degenerative disc disease, as a term, is somewhat misleading because it is not actually a disease at all. Rather, it is a condition that occurs to just about everybody as they age. However, some people are more affected by it than others, which is why only some will suffer from the signs and symptoms of weakening and brittle discs.
The most common symptom people experience is that of localized, sharp pains in the neck and/or back. This usually occurs when a disc has degenerated to the point of becoming herniated or out-of-place within the spine itself. Some people will have degenerating discs, but the degeneration has happened so gradually and the deterioration is so minor that symptoms are not present for many years.
Chiropractic Treatment for Degenerative Disc Disease
The good news is that if you are experiencing symptoms of disc degeneration, chiropractic care can help. Specifically, chiropractic adjustments are highly effective in relieving symptoms caused by degenerative disc disease. During an adjustment, the spine is gently manipulated into better alignment by a chiropractor, which can in-turn help degenerating discs move back into their proper placement along the spinal column and reduce pain.
Another possible chiropractic treatment for those suffering from degenerative disc disease is that of spinal decompression. This method is most effective for those who have herniated or bulging discs as a result of degenerative disc disease. Specifically, decompression involves the use of a special motorized table to help decompress the spine, allowing space for herniated and bulging discs to fall back into place. Often times, this is performed in conjunction with spinal adjustment.
Request an Appointment With Our Meridian Chiropractor
If you think you may be experiencing symptoms of degenerative disc disease, don't put off scheduling your appointment with our Meridian chiropractor any longer. Give us a call at (208) 888-0055 today to request your appointment with the Spinal Dynamics team!