Degenerative Disc Disease
The cushions between our spinal bones are called intervertebral discs. These discs are made up a soft inner core and a tough outer wall. As babies, the discs in our spine are mostly made up of water. However, as we age, our discs become thinner as they lose water and begin to dry out.
Tiny tears of the outer wall of the discs accumulate over the years due to minor injuries. If these tears occur near a nerve, our bodies feel pain. These tiny tears can become larger cracks if the disc continues to break down, causing the soft core to push through the cracks resulting in a disc bulge or a disc herniation.
Degenerative Disc Disease is more common in cigarette smokers, patients who are overweight, and patients who engage in heavy physical work (such as heavy lifting). Degenerative Disc Disease is most common in the neck (cervical region) and low back (lumbar region).
How We Help Degenerative Disc Disease
The information we gain from your consultation and exam helps us determine if you are a candidate for care in our office. You can expect to have improved movement, decreased neck and back pain and increased muscle strength.
If you have had radiographs or MRIs taken before, please bring them with you to your appointment for our doctors to review. We see many patients that have failed other treatments such as prescription medications, physical therapy, and even surgery.
Narrowing of the discs makes them less shock-absorbing. However, rather than simply treating the symptoms, our doctors provide a long-term strategy to not only get the relief that you seek right away, but also prevent future spinal decay and degeneration.
Don’t lose hope! We treat many patients successfully with our state-of-the-art spinal decompression technology and upper cervical care.
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