Degenerative disc disease is a painful condition that causes recurring discomfort and interference in nerve function. It occurs when the soft, spring-like discs of the spine begin to wear down, losing their ability to absorb shock. Although it is a normal condition associated with age, degenerative disc disease can be debilitating for some patients. Ranging from mild to severe, symptoms may include tingling or pain in the shoulders, back, buttock and extremities. Pain may worsen when sitting or bending, and it may also come and go periodically rather than chronically. Over time, the condition may progress, causing additional inflammation, pain, and muscle spasms. Degenerative disc disease is often isolated to the lower back and the neck regions, although it can affect the entire spine.
Did you know…
that degenerative disc disease is thought to affect approximately 12 million adults in America? It is caused by a loss of fluid within the discs responsible for pressure absorption. Although degenerative disc disease is usually age-related, the condition may also be caused by car accident injuries and other incidents that result in tears or cracks in the disc.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How do I know if I have degenerative disc disease?
Possible symptoms of degenerative disc disease includes pain that:
- Is located in your lower back, buttocks, or upper thighs
- Comes and goes, and can last from a few days to a few months
- Is nagging or severe
- Increases when bending, lifting, or twisting
- Decreases when lying down or changing positions
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of degenerative disc disease, see a doctor or chiropractor for a diagnosis. An x-ray, MRI, or myelogram may be necessary to confirm that disc degeneration is the cause of your discomfort.
Should I see a chiropractor for my degenerative disc disease?
There is no cure for degenerative disc disease, and the condition cannot be reversed. However, chiropractic care can help manage pain and other symptoms. Chiropractic care is ideal for degenerative disc disease because it can pinpoint troubled areas, increase range of motions, correct spinal curvature, and alleviate muscle spasms or trigger points.
What should I expect during my chiropractic appointment a Buffalo Grove Chiropractic & Wellness?
During your appointment, Dr. Garcia will ask you about your symptoms and perform a physical exam. He may also evaluate your spine for restricted joint motion, spinal curvature, or trigger points. In some cases, diagnostic imaging such as x-rays, a CT scan, or an MRI may be required. Depending on your individual diagnosis, Dr. Garcia may opt for various spinal manipulation techniques such as specific spinal manipulation, flexion-distraction technique, or instrument-assisted manipulation. He may also use manual therapies such as trigger point therapy, manual joint stretching, therapeutic massage, or instrument-assisted soft tissue therapy.