Degenerative disc disease refers to wear changes in the individual discs of the spine.
Spondylosis is another term used for degenerative disc disease, which leads to Osteoarthritis.Lower back pain as a result of lumbar spondylosis can manifest at any age, even as early as a teenage years.
Description of Degenerative Disc Disease
Degenerative Disc Disease can affect any part of the spine, although common sites are the lumbar (lower back) and cervical (neck) spine; as well as the thoracic spine (mid back).
X-ray findings of Degenerative Disc Diseases are a narrower disc space and some osteophyte (bony outgrowth of spur) formation. As the Subluxation complex (spinal misalignments) becomes chronic, these changes tend to show up on the x-ray. The MRI can sometimes show loss of water content (hydration) in the invertebral disc followed by narrowing of the disc space. People in the 20’s and 30’s may already have changes to their discs but no clinical symptoms. A Subluxation can begin very early and also be attended to very early.
In the early phases of Degenerative Disc Disease post-traumatic tears and degeneration of the disc may lead to failure of mechanical function. This is associated with low back pain and possible leg pain in the lumbar spine (low back).
Symptoms of Degenerative Disc Disease
The process of degeneration of the spine may lead to local pain, stiffness, and restricted activity.
Treatment of Degenerative Disc Disease
We believe Chiropractic adjustments, ergonomic education, nutritional support, and exercise can lead to an active and long term recovery of these possible scenarios. It seems affecting an injury of this type early may help you in later life.
Getting Chiropractic adjustments and care early help slow down and possibly stop this process.
Everything works better with an Adjustment.