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What is Degenerative Disc Disease?

Nobody likes the sound of "degenerative disc disease" -- and this problem can be just as troubling and painful as you might expect from its name. This chronic deterioration of spinal structures can cause a wide range of painful sensations and symptoms. But you'll be happy to know that relief is at hand here at Roy A. Logan Chiropractic Clinic. Our Austin TX healing center can provide you with drug-free, surgery-free answers to your degenerative disc disease agony.

Doctor Logan talking to his patient about Degenerative Disc Disease.

What Is Degenerative Disc Disease?

If you've never heard of degenerative disc disease, you should know first of all that it isn't really a disease of the vertebral discs. Instead, it's a description of degenerative processes that create a variety of problems with the spinal column and spinal nerve tissue. Age is usually the prime factor in causing otherwise-healthy discs to dry out and lose some of their height. This affects the spacing between the vertebrae and creates strain and inflammation in the facet joints that connect those vertebrae. This chronic inflammation may lead to spinal osteoarthritis. Meanwhile, the outward bulge of a dehydrated disc may compress spinal nerve roots or even cause the disc to herniate.

As you can imagine, this chain of events can severely limit your mobility and make life extremely uncomfortable. Symptoms of degenerative disc disease typically include:

  • Back or neck pain, depending on the location of the disc issue
  • Spinal stiffness
  • Numbness, pain, tingling, or weakness in an arm or hand (cervical radiculopathy)
  • Numbness, pain, tingling, or weakness in a leg or foot (sciatica)

Natural Relief for Your Back Pain, Neck Pain or Neurological Symptoms

Here at Roy A. Logan Chiropractic Clinic, we understand how degenerative disc disease affects the body -- and we have the tools, techniques, and skills to help you overcome its devastating effects naturally, without surgical intervention. Our Austin chiropractor will take X-rays and study your symptoms to pinpoint the disc or discs causing your symptoms. This enables us to administer targeted chiropractic adjustments that can improve your spinal alignment, easing osteoarthritis pain, neck pain, back pain, and nerve compression. We may also recommend complementary therapies such as corrective exercises to lend your spine additional support, rebuild atrophied muscles, and increase the range of motion in your back or neck.

Call Roy A. Logan Chiropractic Clinic Today

As formidable a challenge as a degenerative disc disease may be, our Austin chiropractic center is up to the challenge of granting you safe, effective relief. Call Roy A. Logan Chiropractic Clinic today at (512) 215-3256 so we can evaluate your condition and prescribe a pain management plan!