What Is Degenerative Disc Disease?
Degenerative Disc Disease is typically associated with aging. One or more of the discs that sits between the spinal column vertebrae breaks down and deteriorates. It causes tremendous pain in the back and down the leg, weakness, and numbness. The discs between the vertebrae are typically rubbery and act as shock absorbers for the back when bending and flexing. As you age and over time, they wear and offer less protection. If you feel like you are having back pain from degenerative disc disease, visit Kirby Chiropractic Clinic in the Montgomery area.
What Causes Degenerative Disc Disease?
There are several changes in the body that can cause degenerative disc disease. One of those changes is a fluid loss. When the discs between your vertebrae are healthy, they have about 90 percent fluid in them. As you age, the fluid decreases and the disc gets thinner. The vertebrae get closer and there is less shock absorbing.
The discs develop tears and cracks on the disc's outer layer. The inside of the disc is made up of filling that is soft and gel like can ooze through the cracks which causes a bulging disc. The disc can also break into pieces. The cartilage that provides cushioning for the joints can breakdown is another cause of degenerative disc disease. You could also begin to have spinal stenosis, which is when the spinal canal narrows.
Can Degenerative Disc Disease Be Treated?
There are various treatments available for degenerative disc disease, but not all patients respond to all types of treatments. Some of those treatments include physical and occupational therapy, exercise, medication, weight loss and even surgery. Before you consider anything drastic like surgery, you should try some more holistic treatments such as the care of a Chiropractor.
Chiropractors believe that the body can heal itself without the need for surgery or medication. They use techniques such as aligning the spine to properly support the central nervous system. They can restore the natural position and function of the joints of the spine and remove pressure from discs.
Why Choose Kirby Chiropractic Clinic?
Kirby Chiropractic Clinic offers premier care to the Montgomery, AL area. We have been in business promoting natural healing with non-invasive techniques for 38 years. We believe in improving health and reduce your potential for pain and illness. Call our office at Kirby Chiropractic Clinic today at 334.277.2225 and find out how we can help you correct your back pain and help guide you to a healthier and pain free lifestyle.