Degenerative Disc Disease Treatment from Our Greenwood Village Chiropractor
If you are diagnosed with degenerative disc disease, this means one or more of your vertebral discs is not providing enough support within the spine. Filled with gelatinous fluid, vertebral discs allow your spine to bend and absorb mechanical stress easily and painlessly. As we age, discs often present signs of wear and tear, such as bulging or herniation and loss of fluids. Over time, scar tissue accumulates due to the repeated healing of damaged discs, causing the inside of discs weaken and lose more fluids.
When discs become flat and incapable of preventing vertebrae from scraping against each other, chronic back pain and stiffness develops. In addition, your chiropractor in Greenwood Village may discover bone spurs forming around disc spaces and facet joints as your degenerative disc disease progresses. Bone spurs tend to press against spinal nerves and worsen back pain associated with degenerative disc disorder.
Symptoms of Degenerative Disc Disease
In addition to general back pain, signs of disc disease include:
• Pain that worsens when you sit
• Pain that worsens when you bend, twist or lift something
• Reduced pain when you walk or jog
• Needing to change positions often when sitting or lying down to alleviate pain
• Experiencing episodes of mild, moderate or severe pain that may last several days or several months before subsiding
• Numbness, tingling and burning sensations in the arms and legs
• Leg muscle weakness if disc disease has damaged the nerve root
Degenerative disc disease may also cause pain in your thighs and buttocks, depending where affected discs are located in your spine. When you visit your Greenwood Village chiropractor, he will evaluate your medical history, perform a physical exam and ask about your symptoms. Magnetic resonance imaging scans may be ordered to determine the severity of deterioration to spinal discs.
Treatments at Our Clinic in Denver Tech Center
By using special chiropractic manipulation and adjustment techniques on the spine, your chiropractor in Greenwood Village gently eases displaced or bulging discs into their proper positions to allow for more cushioning between vertebrae. This technique also restores spine alignment to help reduce pain associated with degenerative disc disease.
Spinal Decompression Therapy
Spinal decompression therapy involves a traction table designed to relieve pressure on vertebrae and spinal nerves irritated by degenerating discs. By providing “distraction forces” to the spine, spinal decompression therapy offers therapeutic treatment for degenerative disc disease that relieves pain, improves spine flexibility and improves the health of deteriorating discs.
In-Office Physical Therapy
For people with mild to moderate degenerative disc disease, physical therapy can strengthen spine and back muscles affected by poor disc health. You can perform chiropractor-guided exercises at our clinic in Denver Tech Center or in the comfort of your own home. Physical therapy is most effective when it is combined with adjustments and/or decompression therapy.
Schedule an appointment at our South Denver Clinic
If you are suffering from pain because of Degenerative Disc Disease, contact Genesis Wellness Clinic today. We are conveniently located in Greenwood Village and proudly serve the surrounding areas of South Denver and Aurora. Schedule an appointment today with our Greenwood Village chiropractor by calling (720) 515-8002.