Degenerative disc disease is one of the most common causes of lower back and neck pain. This debilitating condition results in varied types of discomfort and affects people differently depending on its severity. If you’re one of the 3 million people diagnosed each year, you may think the pain associated with it is simply inevitable and you just have to live with it.
Understanding your specific type of pain and what’s causing it can be essential in learning how to manage degenerative disc disease. Working with an expert practitioner like Stability Health Center in Seattle, WA can help you to effectively manage your unique symptoms, to keep them in check and mitigate their effect on your wellbeing.
Different kinds of pain
One common cause of degenerative disc disease pain is inflammation. When the disc is inflamed, it can result in lumbar spine (lower back) issues that radiate through the sciatic nerve on the outside of the legs and even to the feet and toes. If inflammation is in the cervical spine (neck), pain often runs down the arms to the hands and fingers.
In other cases, the outer parts of the discs—referred to as the annulus—wear down. These weakened discs can no longer support the spine. This makes motion in the spine more difficult to control and often results in micromotion instability.
Both inflammation and micromotion instability are associated with muscle spasms in the neck and back. This is related to the spinal muscles having to work extra hard to stabilize the body. Both conditions are related to the breakdown of disc cartilage associated with disc dehydration and disc bulges.
Often degenerative disc disease results in sharp flare-ups of pain over the course of a few days, lasting sometimes as long as months. Even after these subsist, you may still experience nerve compression pain if the discs continue to interfere with the role your spine plays in the central nervous system.
The role of chiropractic care
Many patients mistakenly believe that the only solutions available are painkillers or surgery. Taking too many painkillers can lead to negative health outcomes. At best, they temporarily stop the pain. Surgery provides a longer lasting but considerably more invasive and expensive resolution to this condition.
Chiropractic, on the other hand, can be a natural, effective treatment for managing degenerative disc disease. A chiropractor will work with you to develop a treatment that addresses your particular issues. Often treatment includes spinal manipulation, which can correct misalignments in the spine, relieving pain and restoring motion. Your chiropractor may also make recommendations for lifestyle alterations, including adopting a nutritious diet and a low-impact exercise routine.
Don’t let a diagnosis of degenerative disc disease keep you down. No matter what kind of pain you’re experiencing, an expert chiropractor at Stability Health Center in Seattle, WA is ready to help you. We use the most effective and proven techniques of Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) to assess the type and scope of your pain, to provide personalized treatment plans that address your condition. Contact us today to get your free consultation.
Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.