What is Degenerative Disc Disease?
When normal changes that take place in disks in your spine resulting in pain, it is known as degenerative disc disease. Your back is able to bend, twist, and stay flexible thanks to the spinal discs. However, as you age, they can begin presenting signs of wear and tear. Those discs start to not work as well as they used to. If you are dealing with pain due to those worn spinal discs, chances are you are dealing with degenerative disc disease. You can visit our team for treatment. If you are in the North Charleston, Mount Pleasant, or Surfside Beach area, give us a call here at Spine Pain Center.
There are a few different ways to degenerative disk disease. These include:
- Discs drying out - Discs consist of 80 percent water when we are born. As we get older, those discs dry out and no longer absorb shocks as well.
- Sports and daily activities - These can all cause normal wear and tear in the outer core of the disc. Almost all people have some type of disc degeneration by the age of 60. However, not all people at age 60 and over deal with back pain.
- Injuries - This can result in soreness and swelling. This can also cause lower back pain.
For treatment, our chiropractor will first determine if your symptoms are related to an actual disc problem. If it is, the chiropractic may go over three potential causes. All of your medical history, both past and present, will be evaluated first while we discuss symptoms you are currently experiencing. Our chiropractors will observe how well you walk and examine your overall posture. This will help you understand the mechanics of your body and the way your spine moves.
- Spinal manipulation - Movement to your joints that are restricted will be restored using a gentle thrusting technique.
- Flexion-distraction technique - This treatment involves a gentle technique and it is used to treat both spinal stenosis and herniated discs.
- Instrument-assisted manipulation - This involves the use of a handheld instrument. Gentle force is applied to the spine directly.
Give us a call to schedule an appointment with a chiropractor here at Spine Pain Center. We have locations in North Charleston, Mount Pleasant, and Surfside Beach. Feel free to also visit our website for a look at other services we offer. Our goal is to get you on the right treatment plan so you can get back to living a healthy and active lifestyle. See how we can help!