Chiropractic Care for Degenerative Disc Disease at Palmer Chiropractic
When normal changes that take place in the discs of your spine result in pain, it is known as degenerative disc disease. Spinal discs absorb shocks between the bones and vertebra of your spine. They also enable you to be flexible, so you can twist and bend. However, as you age, these discs can begin showing signs of wear and tear and break down. If you are suffering from degenerative disc disease, we can help here at Palmer Chiropractic at our Lynchburg and Altavista locations.
Causes of Degenerative Disc Disease
The discs in your spine can change in many ways and lead to degenerative disc disease. One of the causes of degenerative disc disease is drying out of the discs. Since the discs are made up of mostly water, they begin to thin out and lose water as you age. The loss of water means that you now have less padding or cushion between your vertebrae. This can result in other issues with your spine resulting in pain. Discs that are flatter also do not absorb shock as well as they used to.
Another cause of degenerative disc disease is cracking of the discs. This can be caused by minor injuries and everyday movements. Over time, these injuries can lead to tiny tears in the spine's outer wall, which is made up of nerves. Tears and cracks near any nerve can result in extreme pain. The discs may also push through the cracks if the wall collapses. This may result in a ruptured or slipped disc, also known as a herniated disc.
Symptoms of Degenerative Disc Disease
Most of the time, patients will experience pain in their neck and back that is sharp or persistent. The symptoms that a patient experiences will depend on the location of the damaged disc and any other underlying cause. Common symptoms include:
- Pain that comes and goes. Pain can be severe and last from several days to several months
- Pain in your lower back, upper thighs, or buttocks
- Pain that worsens when you sit, move, or walk
- Pain that worsens with lifting, twisting, or bending
- Pain that gets better when you lie down or change positions
Chiropractic Care for Degenerative Disc Disease
Chiropractic care to treat symptoms of degenerative disc disease include:
- Specific spinal manipulation
- Instrument assisted manipulation
- Spinal decompression
- Manual joint stretching
- Trigger point therapy
Chiropractic care aims to improve the mechanics of the joints by improving spinal mobility and reducing inflammation.
Contact Us for Back Pain Relief from Our Chiropractor in Lynchburg and Altavista, VA
If you are suffering from back pain, it may be a symptom of degenerative disc disease. Give us a call here at Palmer Chiropractic to schedule an appointment with our chiropractor. We are dedicated to providing our patients the care they need at our Lynchburg and Altavista locations. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help.