Decoding Degenerative Disc Disease
Degenerative disc disease is a variable condition
In fact, degenerative disc disease is a misnomer: it is a term coined to describe the progression of changes that a spinal disc undergoes overtime. It is a natural process that comes along with aging. Intervertebral discs are made of densely packed layers of collagen fibers and, over time, compressive forces and traumatic injury take their toll on these structures. Degenerative disc disease refers to any pain or associated dysfunction that stems from a degenerated disc.
Treatment of degenerative disc disease
One thing to keep in mind is that a diagnosis of degenerative disc disease does not mean you are doomed to a progressively worsening condition. In fact, in most cases of degenerative disc disease, the symptoms of pain and associated dysfunction actually improve over time. Our job as an office of chiropractic is to mitigate pain and maintain range of motion until the body is able to restabilize itself at the point of injury.
Chiropractic treatment of degenerative disc disease focuses on mitigating pain and maintaining range of motion. By reducing inflammation and restoring mobility to the spine, we aim to improve joint mechanics in the affected area of the spine. We use chiropractic modalities including specific spinal adjustment, flexion-distraction and instrument-assisted adjustment of the affect region to maintain range of motion and reduce inflammation at the site of the degeneration.
Musculoskeletal specialists in Dunedin
As stated above, degeneration disc disease does not spell doom! Call our office in Dunedin to find out how we can set a course for treatment that will help you live a normal life despite the presence of a degenerated disc.
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