Degenerative disc disease is a condition that can cause pain in the back and neck. Our chiropractor, Dr. Kelly, at Wellness Plus Chiropractic in Carrollton provides treatment that may help give relief from this pain. We will work with you to develop a treatment plan that is tailored to your specific needs.
Causes of Degenerative Disc Disease
Degenerative disc disease is caused by the breakdown of the discs in the spine. The discs act as cushions between the vertebrae. They allow the spine to move and absorb shock. Over time, the discs can wear down. This can happen due to aging, injury, or disease.
Symptoms of Degenerative Disc Disease
The symptoms of degenerative disc disease can vary depending on the severity of the condition. They often include:
When the discs in the spine degenerate, they can become less effective at cushioning the vertebrae. This can lead to pain in the back. The pain may be mild or severe and may worsen with activity or after sitting or standing for long periods.
As the discs in the spine degenerate, they can put pressure on the nerves that pass through the spine. This can cause pain in the neck which may radiate into the arms or legs.
Numbness or Tingling
Degenerative disc disease can also cause numbness or tingling in the extremities. This is due to the pressure on the nerves.
Treatment for Degenerative Disc Disease
There is no one-size-fits-all treatment for degenerative disc disease. Our chiropractor will work with you to develop a treatment plan for your individual needs. This plan may include:
1. Chiropractic Adjustments
When the spine is out of alignment, it can put pressure on the discs and nerves. Chiropractic adjustments are where a chiropractor uses their hands to apply pressure to the spine, correcting the alignment. This can take the pressure off of the discs and nerves, providing relief from your pain.
Exercise may help strengthen the muscles around the spine. This can take pressure off of the discs and nerves. Our exercise treatment involves exercises and stretches that are designed to strengthen the muscles.
3. Lifestyle Changes
Making certain lifestyle changes can also help reduce degenerative disc disease symptoms. These changes may include:
- Exercising regularly
- Eating a healthy diet
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Quitting smoking
Contact Wellness Plus Chiropractic in Carrollton, TX
If you are suffering from the pain of degenerative disc disease, Dr. Kelly at Wellness Plus Chiropractic in Carrollton may be able to help. We will work with you to develop a treatment plan that is tailored to your specific needs. Call our team today at (972) 242-3080 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.