Degenerative Disc Disease Treatment in Greenville, SC

Upwards of 80-90% of people experience degenerative disc disease over the course of their lifetime. It is one of the leading causes of back pain. Seeking chiropractic helps patients manage this common conditions and even prevent it before it even begins.  

What is Degenerative Disc Disease? 

A gel-filled structure located between the vertebrae, called a spinal disc, provides mobility, stability, and shock absorption to the spine. Degenerative disc disease is the term used when a spinal disc shows wear over time. Eventually this can cause the bones to rub together. 

The most common causes of disc disease are as follows:

 

  • Poor nutrition 

  • Smoking 

  • Sedentary Activities 

  • Obesity 

  • A history of injury or trauma 

  • Repetitive movement of the spine 

  • Frequent heavy lifting 

  • Advancing age 

 

Luckily, not everybody will develop this disease. Symptoms can vary slightly from person to person. In some people, this disease will cause no symptoms, but in others, the most common symptoms can include:

 

  • Spinal stiffness

  • Muscle spasms 

  • Compression of the spine 

  • Pain 

  • Numbness

  • Weakness

Chiropractic Care for Degenerative Disc Disease 

A chiropractor will ask about your symptoms, give you an assessment and chart the results. This will give him a full picture of the condition and help him to choose what the best treatment options are. Common questions include details about your lifestyle, work habits, and family history, as well as noting your posture in certain positions. With the information he is given, he will likely decide to implement postural retraining as well as individualized exercise to reduce recurring pressure on the discs. The goal is to increase stability in the spine and maximize your overall spine health. 

 

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