The discs present between the bones of the spine work as shock absorbers, protecting the spinal cord from trauma and injury and facilitating the bending process. Aging may cause these discs to shrink and lose their integrity, leading to a condition called Degenerative Disc Disease.
Not actually a disease, degenerative disc disease may cause extreme pain and muscle stiffness, making it painful for the elderly to perform day-to-day tasks. At HealthFirst Spine & Wellness, we use chiropractic care and other alternative treatments to treat the symptoms of the disease and help the elderly live well and stay healthy.
What is Degenerative Disc Disease?
The term ‘Degenerative Disc Disease’ refers to a condition in which a spinal disc loses its integrity and produces the following symptoms:
- Severe, debilitating pain that affects low back and thighs
- Neck pain that radiates to the upper arms
- Pain that worsens on sitting, bending, or twisting
- Pain that lessens on standing, walking, and moving
- Numbness, tingling, and muscle weakness in extremities
While aging is the most common cause of degenerative disc disease, extensive involvement in sports and strenuous activities may also cause tearing of the spinal discs and produce the condition.
Our Approach to the Management of Degenerative Disc Disease
Just like many other spinal conditions, the treatment of degenerative disc disease in medical science is limited to the use of pain relievers or surgery.
At HealthFirst Spine & Wellness, our aim is to offer patients relief from the symptoms of degenerative disc disease using an all-natural approach; therefore, we use spinal adjustments, massage therapy, and rehabilitative exercises as a part of our treatment plan for degenerative disc disease. Using these techniques, we improve the strength and flexibility of muscles and relieve pain and muscle weakness associated with this spinal condition.
Since it’s a disease that requires individualized care, our chiropractors assess your medical history, determine the areas of restricted motion, and perform spinal adjustments to reduce back pain and other symptoms.
To learn more about the use of chiropractic care in the management of degenerative disc disease or to schedule a chiropractic consultation in Austin, you may call us at 512 301 5996.