As we grow older, our intervertebral discs lose their flexibility. They become stiff and rigid, causing pain and other symptoms. Degenerative disc disease severely limits a person’s quality of life and functionality. The symptoms can range from mild to severe. How can this condition be treated? Does chiropractic care help degenerative disc disease? This article attempts to answer these questions which are often asked by people who suffer from disc degeneration.
Chiropractic Care Helps To Relieve Degenerative Conditions
The symptoms of degenerative disc disease vary from person to person. In addition to age related factors, disc degeneration can be caused by injury, prolonged overexertion, illness, and obesity. Whatever the causes of pain, chiropractic treatment is an effective solution. Chiropractic manipulation or spinal adjustment is a ‘hands-on’ treatment technique for correcting misaligned spine or joints and restoring their proper function. It is a primary treatment that chiropractors use for patients with back or neck pain. Chiropractic treatment helps to relieve pain, prevent or reduce stress on the discs, and puts patients on the track to leading an independent life. One of the greatest advantages is that it avoids the need for surgery.
Benefits of Chiropractic Treatment
Apart from and reducing stress and inflammation, chiropractic care offers many other benefits:
- Strengthens the body
- Increases flexibility
- Increases vitality
- Improves blood circulation
- Reduces response to painful stimuli
- Reduces muscle spasm, stress, inflammation
- Improves body’s immunity
- Improves joint coordination
- Prevents injury
- Promotes natural healing
Treats Many Illnesses and Conditions
Chiropractic treatment is effective for people of all ages. The success rate of chiropractic care in treating disc degenerative conditions is quite high. Conditions that have been resolved through chiropractic care are:
- Pain and tingling in the lower back, leg or hip
- Neck pain
- Sports injuries
- Trouble with sitting, lifting or bending
- Pain resulting from whiplash injuries
- Symptoms of carpal tunnel
- Frequent joint pain, swelling or stiffness
- Spinal disorders
Chiropractors use different treatment techniques to relieve pain:
- Electrical muscle stimulation
- Exercise therapy
- Ultrasound, heat/ice
The chiropractic adjustment techniques are completely pain free and patients feel no discomfort during the adjustment. Adjustments may involve applying gentle pressure with minimal force on the specific area. The patient experiences a great feeling of relief and sudden improvement in his or her physical condition.
A proper physical examination and diagnostic tests are required to determine the source of the pain before the administering of chiropractic care. By thoroughly analyzing and evaluating the condition and medical history of their patient, chiropractors formulate the most appropriate chiropractic treatment plan that will help treat degenerative disc disease symptoms.