Degenerative Disc Disease Treatment in Waterford, MI
Degenerative disc disease is a painful condition that is unfortunately common in people over 50. But you don’t need to live with the pain of degenerative disc. At Michigan Chiropractic Specialists, we offer the best degenerative disc disease treatment to alleviate your pain.
What Is Degenerative Disc Disease?
As we age, the discs between the vertebrae of our spine become weaker and lose much of the water and protein that helps to absorb force on our spine. This causes the neighboring vertebral discs to compress, increasing the risk of herniated discs and other types of damage.
It typically occurs along the cervical and lumbar areas of the spine as those are responsible for the most movement and weight-bearing tasks in the body. However, it can also occur in other areas of the spine.
Though the main cause is age, degenerative disc disease can also be caused by continuous poor lifting techniques, trauma, sports injuries, or you may simply have a genetic predisposition to degenerative discs.
Symptoms of Degenerative Disc Disease
Depending on which discs is affected, you may experience varying degrees of pain in different areas of the spine. The first symptoms you may feel are stiffness and pain in the back and neck that may radiate along the leg and arm.
Treatments for Degenerative Disc Disease
Treatments for degenerative disc disease include Cox Technic, spinal traction, and Kennedy Neural-Flex Spinal Decompression.
The Cox Technic is a specialized form of spinal manipulation used to decompress the spine. The chiropractor adjusts the spine while moving the body into different positions. The patient is then given exercises to perform at home to enhance the treatment.
Spinal traction is a degenerative disc disease treatment that uses longitudinal force to gently stretch the spine to decompress the spinal discs. Your chiropractor can perform it manually or mechanically with the assistance of a traction apparatus.
Kennedy Neural-Flex Spinal Decompression
Kennedy Neural-Flex Spinal Decompression is a method of flexing and distracting the spine while the practitioner makes manual adjustments. This method of spinal decompression relieves pressure and pain without causing the surrounding muscles to spasm.