Chiropractic Treatment for Degenerative Disc Disease

Friday, October 25th, 2019

Spinal discs help to absorb shock and ensure the flexibility of the back. The discs in the spine enable us to twist and bend and move the way we do. However, wear and tear may occur in the disc as we tend to grow older. In fact degenerative changes is the rule, not the exception.

Causes of Degenerative Disc Disease

When there are changes in the position or feature of spinal discs, such changes may give rise to a condition known as Degenerative Disc Disease. The following factors are thought to be causes of degenerative disc disease:

  • Dehydrated Discs
    Degenerative disc disease leads to a situation whereby the disc is drained of fluid. For a newborn, the spinal disc contains a high amount of liquid. A spinal disc becomes thinner as an individual ages because it loses its water content gradually. Loss of disc hydration causes the spinal disc to shrink and lose its primary function, which is to serve as a shock absorber. The cushioning effect produced by spinal discs in the vertebrae is reduced, and this results in other spinal issues often accompanied by severe pain. As the spinal disc tissues begin to dry, they are easier to damage. A damaged disc leads to bulging, herniation, neuropathic pain, as well as many other unpleasant maladies.
  • Cracked Disc
    The outer wall of the spinal discs can experience cracks as a result of accumulated stress placed on it over time. A spinal disc can also degenerate due to spinal injuries, which can lead to tearing of the disc where the nerves are housed. Tearing in the disc can cause severe pain. There are certain conditions in which the outer disc wall breaks and exposes the disc. The condition in which a portion of the spinal disc is displaced from its intended position is called herniated or ‘slipped disc’.

Symptoms of Disc Degeneration

  • Pain – Pain is a common symptom that is experienced when you have a degenerated disc. Degenerated disc pain is usually felt on the buttocks, lower back, or at the upper part of the thighs. You tend to feel a sharp pain when you attempt to bend down or lift and object. Degenerated disc pain can be felt for durations ranging from a few hours to a few days. The pain is usually not stable and can come and go at irregular intervals.
  • Tingling and numb feeling around the arms and legs
  • The weakness of muscles around the leg

Chiropractic treatment for Degenerative Disc Disease

Chiropractors in Amarillo are well-trained and experienced to treat issues relating to degenerative disc disease. We shall discuss some of the ways that chiropractors help to treat degenerative disc disease. They include the following:

  • Proper Diagnosis
    Not all muscle or back pain is caused by a degenerative disc. Chiropractors look out for some key factors that may likely be signs of having Degenerative Disc disease. These factors include:
    • Leg and back pain caused by spinal stenosis. Particularly pain on certain movement, pain in certain areas of the back or leg, and pain when doing specific activities.
    • Herniated disc / Bulging disc
    • Spinal joint degeneration

Amarillo chiropractors ensure that your medical history is focused on. They also conduct an orthopedic, neurological, and physical examination of your spine in an attempt to ascertain the severity of the degenerated disc.

  • Spinal Manipulation Technique
    Chiropractors make use of spinal manipulation to detect specific joints that are affected. The spinal manipulation technique is carried out using gentle and slow thrust to realign displaced disc and ensure that the affected joints are restored.
  • Decompression
    Chiropractors use decompression in an attempt to increase the space where the nerves traverse, rehydrated the disc, and reduce the disc bulge or disc herniation. When decompression is paired.
  • Flexion-Distraction Technique
    Spinal stenosis and herniated discs can be treated with the Flexion-Distraction Technique. The flexion-distraction technique is carried out by subtle manipulation of the spine without thrusting. It is instrumental in replacing slipped discs to their initial position.
  • Instrument Assisted manipulation
    Manipulation of the spine is carried out by chiropractors without any form of spinal thrusting. Spine manipulation, in this sense, is carried out with the aid of an instrument.

How we can help

If you are suffering from knee pain and this is taking much of your time as you are not allowed to carry out your usual daily activities, then you might want to consider us.

We are one of the best chiropractors in Amarillo, and our compassionate team will not only help you with the best and most effective chiropractic adjustment, but we can also provide you with knowledge on how to take control of your health.

Our lead chiropractor is a specialist in orthopedics and the neuromusculoskeletal system and has an advanced certification in whiplash biomechanics and traumatology. Dr. Williams is currently undergoing study towards his certification as a Diplomate in the International Academy of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine and will get certified in about two months.

Creek Stone Integrated Care
Jeff Williams, DC
3501 SW 45th St., Ste T
Amarillo, TX 79109