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Degenerative Disc Disease

Treatment for Degenerative Disc Disease at Maryland Farms Chiropractic

If the discs between your spinal vertebrae are degenerating, you're probably experiencing some uncomfortable or even debilitating symptoms. Natural, age-related changes in your spinal column can lead to some very unnatural sensations in your back, neck, and upper or lower extremities. But don't assume that surgery is the only (or even the best) answer to your misery. Here at Maryland Farms Chiropractic in Brentwood, we can tame your symptoms and optimize your physical function using a variety of non-invasive services and techniques.

woman suffering from degenerative disc disease

What Is Degenerative Disc Disease?

One odd thing about degenerative disc disease is the fact that it isn't really a disease at all; it's a broad term that describes a series of normal degenerative changes in the spine. Age-related loss of hydration is a key piece of the puzzle. As your body tissues grow drier with age, your vertebral discs start to lose fluid content. This means that they cannot provide as much space and cushioning between vertebrae as they once did. The reduced space between the vertebrae can strain the vertebral joints, leading to pain, stiffness, and even osteoarthritis. Dehydrated discs may also bulge or herniate, often pressing against major cervical or lumbar nerve roots in the process. As a result, you may experience, tingling, pain, weakness or numbness in your arms (cervical radiculopathy) or legs (sciatica).

Other spinal changes can contribute to the symptoms of degenerative disc disease. Nerve compression may occur due to spinal stenosis, bone spur development, or the slippage of one vertebra relative to another (spondylolisthesis).

Non-Surgical Treatment Options From Your Brentwood Chiropractor

The neurological issues caused by degenerative disc disease can be alarming enough to make some individuals consider corrective surgery -- but in most cases, non-surgical treatment can prove highly effective. Our Brentwood chiropractor, Dr. Liz Baker, will examine how these spinal changes have affected your nerve function. Once we've isolated the specific trouble spots, we can perform chiropractic adjustments to normalize vertebral and disc position, easing the pressure on joints and nerve tissue.

Ongoing care for degenerative disc disease may involve a number of practices that help your spine stay as strong, flexible, and well-supported as possible. We may recommend exercises, lifestyle or nutritional changes, and periodic spinal screenings to catch any developments that require care.

Don't Let Your Quality of Life Degenerate -- Contact Us Instead!

You don't have to allow your quality of life to degenerate just because you have degenerative disc disease. Call our Brentwood chiropractic clinic today at 615-309-8279 so we can create your individual roadmap to a healthier, more comfortable life!