As you age, your body changes. It is part of life, and there isn't much you can do about it. Unfortunately, some of the changes can cause medical conditions. One common condition is degenerative disc disease. This occurs when normal changes in your disc and spine begin causing pain. Our staff at Premier Chiropractic Fayetteville Accident & Injury Center can diagnose the cause of and treat degenerative disc disease.
What Is Degenerative Disc Disease?
In between your vertebrae are spinal discs. They absorb shock when you move. They also keep your back flexible so that you can twist and bend. As you age, they can begin to wear down. When this happens, they don't work as well as they should.
What Are the Symptoms Of Degenerative Disc Disease?
This condition causes pain. Where you will experience the pain would depend on where the weak disc is located. The most common symptoms include:
Back pain and pain in the neck
Pain in the lower back, buttocks or thighs
Pain that comes and goes
Pain that becomes worse when you sit
Pain when you lift, bend, or twist
Pain that feels better when lying down
Numbness or tingling in your arms and legs
How Is Degenerative Disc Disease Diagnosed?
Your doctor will take a medical history and discuss your symptoms with you. They will take a look at the condition of your spine and watch while you walk and bend. This will help your doctor see what types of movement is causing you pain. They may also order an x-ray or an MRI. This will let your doctor see if you are suffering from nerve damage or bone damage near your spine.
How Is Degenerative Disc Disease Treated?
Ibuprofen can help with the inflammation and the pain associated with the condition. If your pain is severe, your doctor might prescribe prescription pain medication.
A chiropractor can also help. They can use spinal manipulation to improve the function of the invertebral discs. Regular chiropractic care can help relieve the pain and improve your range of motion. If you aren't comfortable taking prescription medications, chiropractic treatment is an excellent alternative.
If you are suffering from degenerative disc disease, you should schedule an appointment with Premier Chiropractic Fayetteville Accident & Injury Center. Our chiropractor can create a treatment plan to relieve you of your symptoms and help you live a pain-free life. You can call us at 910-484-2001 to schedule an appointment today!