Treating Degenerative Disc Disease with Adjustments and Manual Therapies

If you want to prevent DDD (degenerative disc disease), maintaining good posture is the single most important factor within your control. Why is proper body posture such an essential thing? For many reasons, the body’s spinal discs lose their effectiveness over time.

Aging, lifestyle, sitting habits, work routines, smoking, diet, disease, genetics, and other things play a role in your spine’s, and your spine’s discs, overall health.

Eventually, as age and other potential factors play their role, it’s possible for even the healthiest among us to suffer from vertebrae tissue that breaks down. What’s the most likely result? For most adults, there are limitations to mobility and varying levels of pain, from mild to quite severe. But, poor posture is something, unlike aging, that people can completely control.

Of course, it takes discipline, perseverance, desire to get the job done. Above all else, it’s best to acquire initial guidance from a licensed chiropractic physician to make certain that you’re approaching the challenge correctly.

The best place to begin, before booking a visit with your favorite chiropractor, is to learn the most basic facts about DDD, degenerative disc disease, including DDD’s symptoms and its role in spine health. Additionally, get the facts about how bad posture can lead directly to DDD.

Finally, learn how to practice proper posture and get your whole program started off with sound advice and assistance from a chiropractor.

What is Degenerative Disc Disease?

From the name, the condition refers to the damage or deterioration of the discs between your spinal vertebrae. 

Often, spinal discs start to wear out as you age. It happens to most people. In the case of DDD, however, there is rapid and severe damage in the process leading to pain.

Spinal discs are rubbery like cushions between your back bones (spinal vertebrae), and they help with support, flexing and shock absorption. When the cushions wear out, your backbones sink and, in the process, press against the nerves that traverse the spaces between them. Anything that touches the nerves can cause immense pain.

What are the Symptoms of Degenerative Disc Disease?

Do you know the common symptoms of spinal problems, primarily DDD? If not, it’s helpful to understand that any type of spine misalignment, including herniated discs, bulges within any of the discs, or so-called “permeated” areas on spinal discs can be quite painful and contribute to long-term problems.

Many sufferers discover that having to live with high levels of pain is not a physical but also a psychological problem. Some of the following symptoms can serve as warning signs that you have disc-related issues and should visit a chiropractor as soon as possible:

  • Areas in legs, torso, neck, or arms that are numb or tingling

  • General pain in any part of the back

  • A range of motion that is limited in nature, in any limb or in the torso (trunk)

  • Any area of the body in which you notice pain that appears to be sharp or severe

How Can Chiropractic Care Help with Degenerative Disc Disease?

Chiropractic care is an alternative form of medicine that involves healing without surgery or pharmacological intervention. The treatment relies on evidence-based techniques that not only achieve wellness but also improve the quality of life.

Chiropractic care techniques for degenerative disc disease may include:

  • Spinal manipulation and decompression 

  • Joint mobilization 

  • Massage and soft tissue manipulation 

  • Rehab and exercise

  • Physical treatment with ice, heat, ultrasound or laser 

  • Nutritional counseling

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