Chiropractic care is a treatment option for degenerative disc disease (DDD). Degenerative disc/s is a condition where the wearing down of the spinal discs causes pain and discomfort. All of our spines go through this, but not everybody feels pain. The first step is to determine the disc-related problem.
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During an initial evaluation, your chiropractor will review your medical history and discuss current symptoms and the possible causes.
With degenerative disc/s, the main symptom is back pain. A chiropractor will examine potential causes:
A physical and neurological exam can pinpoint problem areas like:
There are different reasons your neck or back may hurt, and your examination may include some basic tests. Observance of how you walk and overall posture. This will help to observe body mechanics and how your spine moves. Imaging tests like x-rays or MRIs commonly find the problem area and cause. The chiropractor will diagnose your condition and create a treatment plan for pain alleviation.
The disc/s can lose their integrity and begin to thin and possibly tear. This increases unwanted pressure on nerves and creates friction between the vertebrae. Degenerative disc disease can go through various stages. With the progression, the negative symptoms become more pronounced.
Chiropractic care is a preferred treatment for degenerative disc/s disease. Because it is gentle and non-invasive, chiropractic does not create undesirable side effects like prescription meds and surgery are more prone to do. The earlier the stage of the disease, the more successful the treatment. But chiropractic can help even in the most extreme cases. Chiropractic aims to improve joint mechanics with improved spinal motion and reduced inflammation. The chiropractor may also work on improving the function of the intervertebral discs.
One of the most effective treatments is to ensure the spine is in proper alignment. Loss of alignment, which can happen due to injury or just regular wear and tear, puts extra stress on the spine, which can accelerate disc/s degradation. Adjustments bring the body back into proper alignment.
Prevention is key to chiropractic, and therapeutic exercises can prevent symptoms from worsening. Seek treatment for your back and neck pain now. Our team can help you feel better and educate you on healthier living. Your chiropractor will work hard to treat you and address all your symptoms. Chiropractors treat the whole body and not just symptoms.
A disc can also herniate and place pressure on the nerves that flow into the feet and cause pain, tingling, and numbness. The wear and tear of the spine combined with a herniated disc can pinch the nerves that go to the feet.
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