Degenerative Disk Disease is when normal changes that take place in the disks of your spine cause pain. Spinal disks are like shock absorbers in your spine. Over time, these begin to break down, or degenerate, in everyone – however, not everyone experiences pain.
Some symptoms of degenerative disk disease include:
- Sharp or constant pain in your neck or back
- Pain in your lower back, buttocks, or upper thighs
- Pain feels worse when you sit, but better when you move or walk
- Pain gets better when you change positions or lie down
- Numbness and tingling in arms and legs
- Weak leg muscles
Chiropractic care is a non-invasive, non-surgical treatment option for degenerative disk disease. Our doctors will start with an initial evaluation, review your past and present medical history, which includes a discussion about your current symptoms and the potential cause. A physical and neurological exam helps pinpoint potential problem areas, such as where joint motion is restricted , abnormal spinal curvature, muscle spasms and/or trigger points, or evidence of injury. Our doctors will also observe how you walk and your overall posture. After your evaluation, our doctors will develop a treatment plan to reduce your pain and other symptoms of degenerative disk disease.
There are different types of chiropractic treatments for degenerative disk disease that our chiropractors may recommend:
Specific Manual Manipulation
Your doctor will identify the joints that are restricted or those that show abnormal motion. He will work to restore movement to the joints using a gentle thrusting technique.
Flexion Distraction Technique
This is a gentle, non-thrusting technique; it’s typically used to treat herniated discs and spinal stenosis.
Trigger Point Therapy
Your doctor identifies tight painful points on a muscle and puts direct pressure on these points to relieve tension.
Massage by our licensed massage therapist can help reduce muscle tension. When coupled with your chiropractic adjustments, it can help pain relief last longer and your chiropractic treatments to be more effective.
Our chiropractors will work to treat your degenerative disk disease, but we also focus on whole-body wellness. We may also make recommendations to educate you on nutrition, orthotics, stress management, and more, in addition to treating your degenerative disk disease symptoms.
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