Misconceptions of Spinal Degeneration
By Sara Butler
Spinal degeneration is a problem that can impact the health and wellness of people of all ages and it takes many different forms. Disc degeneration is a part of the aging process simply because as you get older, the blood and nutrient supply to the spinal discs decreases. As common as spinal degeneration is, there are a lot of misconceptions about it out there. The chiropractors at The Joint want to help set the record straight so you can understand how spinal degeneration can impact your life as you age.
Symptoms May Not Get Worse
The word “degenerative” brings to mind a progressive condition that deteriorates over time. But that’s not the case with degenerative disc disease. The fact is that pain from this condition may actually start to get better over time, especially when you’re working on a treatment plan to target it with a chiropractor. Everyone is different, of course, but in general, the pain may not get worse. The word degenerative is used to describe this condition because your discs do deteriorate over a period of years, but that doesn’t necessarily mean your pain will get worse right along with it.
It’s Not Really a Disease
Even though its name contains the word disease, it’s not really a disease. It’s a condition that's part of the natural aging process, not a disease condition such as diabetes or cancer. Most people will experience some degree of spinal disc degeneration in their lifetime, but the good news is that most people won’t have any symptoms. Also, the degree of degeneration is not connected to the severity of the symptoms you may be experiencing. Discuss this with your chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic if you have specific concerns about the state of your spinal discs.
Most of the Time, Surgery Isn’t Needed
You may be under the impression that at some point you’ll need surgery to fix this problem. That’s not true! The majority of people with this condition can find effective relief with nonsurgical treatments such as:
- Activity modification
- Chiropractic care
- Ice and/or heat therapy
Surgery is only considered if your functioning becomes severely limited by your symptoms and you’re not finding relief with nonsurgical treatments.
If you have questions or concerns about degenerative disc disease, discuss them with the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic. They can discuss it with you to help put your mind at ease and help you move forward -- figuratively and literally!
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Houston, Tex.