As we age, our bodies undergo various changes, and our spine is no exception. And one common condition that affects many people is degenerative disc disease (DDD). This condition can cause chronic pain, stiffness, and reduced mobility. While there is no cure, there are many ways to manage these symptoms — including chiropractic care.

So, what should you know about degenerative disc disease and chiropractic care? How can your local Lithia chiropractor help you overcome pain and other symptoms?

What is Degenerative Disc Disease?

Degenerative disc disease (DDD) is a condition in which the intervertebral discs in your spine begin to break down due to age, wear and tear, or injury. These discs act as shock absorbers between your vertebrae, allowing your spine to flex, bend, and twist. As the discs deteriorate, they lose their ability to cushion the vertebrae effectively, leading to pain, inflammation, and other symptoms.

So, why does DDD happen? Some common causes include:

  • Natural aging process
  • Repetitive stress or overuse
  • Traumatic injury
  • Genetic factors
  • Smoking and other lifestyle factors

Common symptoms of DDD further include:

  • Chronic lower back pain
  • Pain that radiates to the hips, buttocks, or thighs
  • Stiffness and reduced flexibility in the spine
  • Numbness, tingling, or weakness in the legs
  • Pain that worsens with sitting, bending, or lifting

How Can Chiropractic Care Help?

Chiropractors are experts in spine health and can provide a variety of treatments to help manage the symptoms of degenerative disc disease. The goal of chiropractic care for DDD is to reduce pain, improve function, and slow the progression of the condition. Some of the ways chiropractors can help include:

  • Spinal adjustments: Gentle, targeted manipulations of the spine can help reduce pain and inflammation, improve range of motion, and take pressure off the affected discs.
  • Flexion-distraction technique: This specialized chiropractic technique uses a table to gently stretch the spine, relieve pressure on the intervertebral discs, and promote healing.
  • Lifestyle advice: Chiropractors can provide guidance on lifestyle modifications, such as maintaining good posture, using ergonomic furniture, and adopting a healthy diet and exercise routine to help manage your DDD symptoms.
  • Complementary therapies: In addition to chiropractic adjustments, your chiropractor may recommend other natural therapies, such as massage, acupuncture, or cold laser therapy, to help alleviate pain and promote healing.

If you’re struggling with the symptoms of degenerative disc disease, get in touch with the At Last Chiropractic team today. Our experienced chiropractors will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses your unique needs and goals, helping you get back to living life to the fullest. Book your appointment now!