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Almost every person’s spinal discs show some signs of wear as they age. Not all of them, however, will suffer degenerative disc disease, a.k.a. DDD. As a matter of fact, researchers have reported that 33% of people between the ages of 40 through 60 suffer from degenerative disc disease. Not really a disease, despite its name, DDD is a condition that comes with aging in which a damaged disc causes pain.

An array of symptoms are associated with degenerative disc disease. If you think you are suffering from this condition and are experiencing pain, we suggest scheduling a 15-minute phone consultation or an appointment with one of Back2Health’s expert chiropractors. Our team’s commitment to our patients’ wellness is what makes Back2Health the number one choice for chiropractic treatment in the Pocono Mountains.

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What Exactly Is Degenerative Disc Disease?
Degenerative disc disease is nothing more than an age-related condition which takes place when one or a few of the discs between the vertebrae of the spinal column breaks down or deteriorates, causing pain. How does this happen? Over time, the rubbery discs between the vertebrae that allow for the bending and flexing of the back become worn. Sufferers may experience numbness, pain radiating down the leg, and weakness.

The diagnosis is made by a chiropractor based on past and present medical history, a physical and neurological exam as well as a thorough consultation regarding your symptoms.
Degenerative disc disease symptoms which worsen with age include:
  • Mild to severe discomfort
  • Osteoarthritis, causing stiffness and pain in the back
  • Weakness and pain in the back, radiating to different areas
  • Tingling and numbness in legs
  • Damage in the lumbar spine or lower back causes discomfort which radiates to the upper thighs and buttocks
  • Damage in the cervical spine or neck area causes pain which spreads to the shoulders and arms
  • Spine instability causing muscle spasms in the neck or lower back as your body stabilizes the vertebrae
  • Flare-ups of deep pain
  • The pain worsens while sitting, lifting or twisting
Besides age, there are different factors that may cause degenerative disc. Some of them are listed below:

  • At birth, discs are about 80% water. As we age, the disc dries out and does not absorb shocks as well.
  • Sports and daily activities, causing tears in the outer part of the disc. The majority of people have some degree of disc degeneration by age 60. Not all of them will experience pain.
  • Any kind of injury, which may cause instability, swelling or soreness. This may result in lower back pain.
There are many degenerative disc disease treatments, a chiropractor will decide which treatment is best for your situation. If you don’t require surgery, the treatments include exercise, occupational therapy, physical therapy, medications, weight loss, facet joint injections and chiropractic treatment. Its goal is improving joint mechanics by enhancing spinal motion while reducing inflammation. The chiropractor can also try to improve the function of the intervertebral discs for those who don’t have advanced DDD. Spinal manipulation can also be used.

In need of chiropractic treatment because the pain caused by degenerative disc disease is getting in the way of your daily life? Dr. Nathan Laubach, Dr. Beth Laubach and Johanna M. Barnes will certainly help ease your pain and get you back to health! They are, hands down, the best group of chiropractors in the Poconos with years of expertise. Contact us NOW for a free 15-minute phone consultation!

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