Degenerative Disc Disease Treatment in West Bloomfield, MI
Most of us have experienced back pain at some point in our lives. One common source of back pain is degenerative disc disease. This condition is usually the result of aging, but may also be caused by a traumatic injury. Degenerative disc disease often causes chronic and sometimes debilitating pain. Fortunately, chiropractors offer degenerative disc disease treatment as a non-invasive option for treating this insidious disease.
What Is Degenerative Disk Disease?
Degenerative disc disease describes the condition that occurs when a damaged spinal disc causes chronic pain. Spinal discs prevent our vertebrae from rubbing together and are similar to shock absorbers in that they cushion the movements of our vertebrae. Healthy spinal discs enable us to bend, twist, and generally contribute to our overall flexibility.
As we age, our spinal discs dry out, shrink, and become more flattened. These changes can lead to several painful conditions, including arthritis, spinal stenosis, and herniated discs.
A herniated disc is a condition in which the soft inner core (nucleus) of the disc bulges out through a tear in the tough outer wall (annulus) of the disc. This can put pressure on the spinal cord and surrounding nerves, causing significant pain.
Conventional Treatments for Degenerative Disc Disease
Conventional treatments for degenerative disc disease often include medication with over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin or ibuprofen. In more severe cases, doctors may prescribe stronger drugs or recommend steroid injections.
For cases that don’t respond well to other treatments, doctors may suggest surgery to remove the injured portion of the disc (a partial discectomy). In most severe cases, doctors may recommend a complete discectomy in which the entire disc is removed and either replaced with an artificial disc or the affected vertebrae are permanently fused.
Unfortunately, all these remedies, while sometimes warranted, can have adverse side effects and unintended consequences.
Chiropractic: A Non-Invasive Alternative
Chiropractors provide degenerative disc disease treatment that addresses the cause of your pain, in addition to treating your symptoms. Chiropractic techniques can relieve pressure on spinal nerves, increase the range of motion, improve blood circulation, and stimulate the release of endorphins. These are chemicals naturally produced by the central nervous system that act to alleviate pain and generate a feeling of well-being.
Manual manipulation or mobilization by a licensed chiropractor will not only reduce the pain caused by pressure on affected nerves, but it will also relieve any muscle tension that might be contributing to your pain. Other forms of treatment include massage therapy, spinal traction, spinal decompression, trigger point therapy, electrical stimulation, and ultrasound.
Your chiropractor may also recommend certain stretching or strengthening exercises, as well as low-impact aerobic exercises to relieve pain and increase flexibility.
Why Choose Michigan Chiropractic Specialists?
Our staff at Michigan Chiropractic Specialists take a holistic approach to treating your degenerative disc disease. Once your condition is accurately diagnosed, we will recommend the safest and most effective course of treatment. We can also advise you on proper nutrition and lifestyle changes that will help, not only in treating your degenerative disc disease symptoms but will also contribute to your overall health and quality of life.