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Degenerative Disc Disease

Degenerative disc disease is a medical condition related to the natural aging process. The discs between the vertebrae of the spine serve as shock absorbers, providing flexibility and cushioning for movement. While the location and severity of degenerative disc disease symptoms vary, it is essential to seek a professional evaluation to help with associated pain and discomfort. Our team at Wellness Chiropractic Center in Watertown can help diagnose and treat the varying symptoms of degenerative disc disease.


What is Degenerative Disc Disease?

As people grow older, their spinal discs begin to lose their water content, creating a less flexible disc prone to damage and injury. This natural erosion can cause structural changes to the spine, which, for some, creates little to no symptoms. However, many others experience the following symptoms related to degenerative disc disease:

  • Increased back pain with movement.
  • Reduced spine flexibility impacting mobility.
  • Radiating pain through the buttocks and legs.
  • Weakening or spasms of muscles.
  • Tingling or numbness in the affected extremity if a nerve is being pressed.

What Causes Degenerative Disc Disease?

While aging is considered one of the most impactful factors contributing to degenerative disc disease, other factors can accelerate the process, increasing the risk of complications. These factors include genetics, heavy lifting that stresses the spine, repetitive motion, smoking, obesity, and specific jobs involving prolonged sitting or intense strain on the spine.

Diagnosing Degenerative Disc Disease

Chiropractors possess specialized training to identify and diagnose degenerative disc disease. The structural changes and full diagnosis are made through a comprehensive intake of your medical history, a physical exam, and relevant diagnostic imaging options if necessary.

Treatment Options for DDD

Treating degenerative disc disease involves creating a personalized back pain management plan to help improve your capacity to move and function optimally. Chiropractors offer complementary treatment options that include spinal manipulations to realign the spine/nervous system, soft tissue therapies (e.g., massage), hot/cold therapy, and therapeutic exercises. Additionally, lifestyle adjustments such as taking anti-inflammatory medications, maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, and standing with proper posture can help slow the process and manage the condition. Surgery may be considered for more serious instances when conservative interventions fail.

Contact Our Chiropractor in Watertown, WI

Are you looking for a chiropractor near you? For more information, contact a staff member at Wellness Chiropractic Center at 920-262-0200 or online. We look forward to customizing a tailored chiropractic treatment plan to address the symptoms of degenerative disc disease.


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