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Suffering from Degenerative Disc Disease is always bad news, but a recent study reveals some promising results for a quick pain reduction in just one chiropractic visit.
In the study published in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, researchers assigned 40 male participants between 30-40 years old with a diagnosis of degenerative lumbar disease into two groups. One group received spinal manipulation while the other group received a placebo treatment. Results showed that spinal manipulation renders a quick recovery in patients with degenerative spine. An improvement in self-perceived pain, and an increase in height, spinal flexion, and hip flexion were observed in just one treatment session.
What is Degenerative Disc Disease?
Degenerative disc disease, also called ‘degenerative spine disease’ is a condition where the discs in the spine break down and lose their flexibility. It is one of the most common causes of back pain and it accounts to about 90% of back surgery cases.
With degeneration, the disc’s capability to act as a cushion is decreased or lost. Degeneration usually happens as we age due to wear and tear over time. However, not all people will experience symptoms. Disc degeneration may also occur to young people. Factors like a physically demanding job, smoking, slipping, falling, poor posture, or involvement in an auto accident may also cause the spine to degenerate.
How does it happen?
The discs in the spine act as shock absorbers. They allow flexibility and movement, and help the spine carry weight. The discs’ water content is responsible for maintaining movement in the spine. But as we age, our discs lose their water content and when they dehydrate, they become thinner. Their flexibility, elasticity, and shock-absorbing characteristics are reduced because the discs lose their height and the vertebrae are now close to each other. Hence, the spine is now in a state where it’s rigid and motions are restricted.
A narrowing of the nerve openings in the spine may also occur since the vertebrae are now close together. As degeneration progress, the discs may bulge or herniate. When this happen, the nerves may be impinged and will cause more problems.
What are the symptoms?
Degenerative disc disease may be symptomatic or asymptomatic. In terms of its symptoms, the most common and most debilitating is pain. The pain is usually felt in the area where there is disc degeneration. Pain, tingling, and numbness that radiates to the thigh, leg, or foot can be experienced. Sitting, standing, bending, lifting, and twisting can aggravate the pain further.
Chiropractic Treatments for Degenerative Disc Disease
The most common method used in chiropractic is spinal manipulation. It helps regain the spine’s flexibility, reduces pain, and realigns the spine. Studies have shown that spinal manipulation is safe and effective in treating back pain caused by degenerative disc disease. Some of the benefits that can be gained through spinal manipulation are an increase in height, reduced pain, improved movement, and relieved stress in the nervous system.
Aside from spinal manipulation, chiropractors also use other treatments such as exercise, spinal decompression therapy, manual therapy, massage therapy, and trigger point therapy. These can promote more movement in the spine. Application of ice, ultrasound, and interferential electro-therapy may also be used to reduce pain. All of these treatment methods are helpful to eliminate pain and can prevent recurrence of the impairments brought about by disc degeneration.
Chiropractic care will not only treat your symptoms, it will re-establish your well being.
Degenerative Disc Disease Treatment in Fort Myers and Naples, FL
Ready to try chiropractic for your back and spine pain? Fort Myers Chiropractor and Naples Chiropractor, Dr. Jason B. Kaster, has the experience and knowledge to help patients reduce the discomfort caused by degenerative disc disease.
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