Degenerative disc disease is among the most common causes of pain in the lower back and neck. Also referred to as DDD, this condition affects 40% of people at age 40 and 80% of people at age 80 and over. Given the prevalence of this condition, it’s important for people to understand its risk factors and signs so that they can seek prompt treatment if the condition arises.
Defining Degenerative Disc Disease
Degenerative disc disease is the term used to describe back or neck pain caused by damaged spinal discs. Unfortunately, spinal discs aren’t able to heal on their own, given that they have a very limited supply of blood. This means that degenerative disc disease will start to develop after a disc is injured.
There are several risk factors for degenerative disc disease, including:
- Age, given that DDD becomes increasingly prevalent among older patients
- Spinal disc injuries, which can lead to inflammation, instability, and pain in the back or neck
- Wear and tear on the spinal discs due to physical activity
The main symptom of degenerative disc disease is continuous pain around the affected disc. DDD patients may have periodic flare-ups, during which severe and potentially debilitating back or neck pain occurs. Pain also may become worse during physical activity involving the spine.
Spinal instability, muscle tension, muscle spasms, and radiating pain in the shoulder, arm, hand, hips, buttocks, or back of the leg are also possible symptoms of DDD.
Chiropractic Care for Degenerative Disc Disease
Chiropractic care can relieve symptoms of degenerative disc disease without the need for invasive procedures or medications. By easing inflammation, restoring spinal motion, and improving spinal stability, your chiropractor can help you manage degenerative disc disease and prevent persistent pain.
To learn more about chiropractic treatment options for degenerative disc disease, contact Rubin Health Center today.