Chiropractic Can Help Degenerative Disc Disease
By Debra Rodzinak
The breakdown of the spongy discs that are located between the vertebrae of the spine is known as degenerative disc disease (DDD). When these soft sponges dry up, the ability of the discs to act like shock absorbers is diminished. Cracks form in the annulus and the nucleus bulges outside of the normal spinal area. Pressure is then placed on the spinal nerves; pain, numbness, or tingling can occur.
Causes of Degenerative Disc Disease
There are many reasons that the annulus can dry up and crack, including some types of injury to the spine, poor posture, or the aging process. Not surprisingly, DDD is most common in elderly patients. In addition to injury, posture, or aging issues, there are other reasons for DDD.
All spines have a normal curve in the upper spine and an alternate curve in the lower spine. However, when this curve is excessive, excessive wear and tear occurs on the discs and soft tissues located along the spine. In young patients, this condition is referred to as hyperkyphosis and in elderly patients this can be caused from osteoporosis. By strengthening the thoracic extensor muscles, motion can be restored to fixated joints and bring a patient pain relief.
Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis
When bones become brittle and fracture, osteoporosis is often the culprit. Women are more likely to develop this disease than men. It is thought that menopause can cause the bone density to decrease, hence women developing it more than men. Osteoporosis is not a painful disease until a bone fracture.
Osteoarthritis, on the other hand, is painful with stiffness and grinding sounds in the joints. Repeated movements and wear-and-tear cause the cartilage that covers the bones to wear away. This type of arthritis is more prevalent in the lower spine because of the flexibility in this area.
Chiropractic Pain Relief
For those who are suffering with back pain due to degenerative disc disease, chiropractic can help. With a visit to The Joint Chiropractic, the expert staff can assist patients with developing a treatment plan that puts the patient in charge of their own care.
With over 370 convenient locations nationwide, finding relief for pain caused by DDD is simply a walk-in away. No pesky insurance forms to fill out or appointment times to remember give patients a stress-free solution to back pain.
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.