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Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD) occurs when there is a continuous deterioration of the vertebral discs that provide cushioning between the bones of the spine. This type of deterioration happens naturally to everyone as we age and most people over the age of 60 have some disc shrinkage and loss of integrity. In many cases, this is what causes back pain and the stiffness associated with osteoarthritis. When x-rays indicate a deterioration of the spinal discs and a person has back pain that doesn't stem from arthritis or other health conditions, they are considered to have degenerative disc disorder.
Again, age is a major factor in the loss of integrity and flexibility in the spinal discs. The discs begin to dry out and they lose their ability to absorb shocks effectively. This type of wear and tear occurs gradually over time but certain activities, such as sports, can accelerate the deterioration. Injuries can also have an adverse effect spinal disc health. This is an area of the body that doesn’t receive as much blood flow as other areas, so when a disc injury occurs it doesn’t naturally repair itself. Eventually, such injuries can cause soreness and painful inflammation.
The core concept of chiropractic care is providing drug-free, non-invasive treatments to promote healing and “whole-body” wellness. A basic chiropractic adjustment involves manipulating the spine by hand and shifting misaligned joints back into their proper place. This is a deceptively simple movement. Although chiropractic manipulation may appear similar to getting a deep-tissue massage, it is actually taking the pressure off spinal nerves and, consequently, alleviating pain in the associated area. In many cases, this pain relief happens almost immediately.
Healing from a degenerative disc condition is a matter of managing pain and learning about ways to maintain the health of the spine over time. Chiropractic treatments are a starting point but it’s also important to work with your chiropractor on creating specific lifestyle choices for yourself that can contribute greatly to improving your physical, as well as emotional, health. These choices may include such things as doing targeted stretches and exercises, eating nutritiously and reducing stress.
At the Chiropractic Offices of Roy A. Logan, DC, we strive to make it as easy as possible to schedule a visit with us. By visiting the New Patient Center on our website you can complete all of your new patient paperwork, review flexible payment options, take a virtual office tour and read helpful resource articles on what to expect at your first visit. The section also explains specifically how chiropractic treatment works and highlights other holistic modalities that can enhance the care you receive in our office. Contact us for more information and to schedule an appointment at (512) 215-3256 today!