Degenerative Disc Disease Symptoms in Waterford, MI
We are all familiar with our knees, hips, or shoulders beginning to wear out as we get older but did you know this can happen to your spine as well? The joints of your spine can begin to wear out causing degenerative disc disease. Chiropractic treatment is a proven method to reduce the severity of degenerative disc disease symptoms.
What is degenerative disc disease?
Degenerative disc disease can be thought of as arthritis of the spine and is caused when the cartilage in the joint of the spine wears away. The exact reason why this can occur is not fully understood. However, possible reasons for degenerative disc disease and the associated pain include:
- Spinal joint degeneration
- Thinner and degenerated discs putting pressure on spinal nerves
- Spinal stenosis
Degenerative disc disease symptoms
The primary symptom of degenerative disc disease is pain, which can radiate into your arms and hands (if the arthritis is in the neck or upper spine) or legs (if the arthritis is in the lower spine). You may also experience intermittent tingling or numbness, muscle weakness and, in quite serious cases, difficulty walking.
How chiropractic treatment can help
Before beginning any treatment, we will take a medical history and perform a few simple tests and physical examinations. We will observe your posture and how you walk so we can see the mechanics of your body. You may also require an MRI or x-ray to diagnose degenerative disc disease properly.
Once diagnosed, we can begin treating the degenerative disc disease symptoms. Our goal in treatment is to reduce pain, inflammation and improve the movement of your spine. Some chiropractic techniques we may use include:
- Spinal manipulation
- Manual therapy techniques, including joint stretching, trigger point therapy, and therapeutic massage
We may also give you exercises to do on your own to ensure continued progress in treatment.