Degenerative Disc Disease

The first thing we need to get out of the way when discussing Degenerative Disc Disease is the word “disease”.  It’s not a disease.  Degenerative disc disease is part of the natural aging process. As we get older, parts of our body begin to show the signs of time. Your discs become thinner and more brittle, where they were once thick and soft. When that happens, nerves can be impacted, resulting in pain. The discs, once degeneration begins to take hold, contain less of the fluid they need to keep vertebrae separated. Bulging (or herniated) discs are more of a risk, once this process begins.  Once we get to middle age, we’re all living with degenerating discs to some degree, whether they hurt or not. It’s when they hurt that a chiropractor can help. 

Degeneration of spinal discs can be accompanied by other conditions, like herniation or osteoarthritis. A lot of what your chiropractor can do for you depends on the presence of co-morbid conditions like these, your general state of health and your level of pain.  But because chiropractors like me are holistic practitioners, we’re trained to recognize symptoms as being indicative of certain conditions. You may not even know your pain has been caused by degenerative disc disease, but a chiropractor can help you find out and then treat you.

Everything in the practice of chiropractic care isn’t about adjustment. We also use techniques employing manual manipulation which are gentle and which directly address and ease nerve pain. Depending on the symptoms you’re presenting and other conditions which you may be dealing with, a chiropractor knows what your body can and can’t absorb in terms of therapy.

Degenerative disc disease or disc degeneration can happen in any part of the spine and often if it is in one part of the spine, it will be found in another:

  • Cervical Spine Disc Degeneration
  • Thoracic Spine Disc Degeneration
  • Lumbar Spine Disc Degeneration

Arena Spinal Care Center PC
2209 Euler Road, Suite 2
Brighton, Michigan 48114

Brighton Hours:
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Proactive Wellness Center LLC
25882 Orchard Lake Rd., Suite L1 
Farmington Hills, Michigan 48336
(Now in the Lower Level)

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