Treating Degenerative Disc Disease with Our Santa Clara Chiropractor
If you are worried about degenerative disc disease (DDD) or have symptoms of the condition, our Santa Clara chiropractor can help you. Our chiropractors offer complete spinal examinations, including taking digital images of your spine, in order to diagnose and treat DDD.
Understanding Degenerative Disc Disease
Degenerative disc disease is a condition where the spinal discs slowly dehydrate and lose their flexibility. In other words, the discs slowly break down over time. This can result in the discs becoming flattened or misshapen. However, it is important to understand that degenerative disc disease is not necessarily a progressive condition that gets worse, resulting in more discomfort. Instead, the term merely defines what happens to the discs via the normal aging process, and symptoms can vary, depending on the individual and the severity of their DDD.
Causes of Degenerative Disc Disease
Degenerative disc disease (DDD) is an age-related condition. The discs in the spine are designed to move and flex, like little shock absorbers. They are comprised of mostly water and a clear fluid that provide nutrients to the discs. They do not contain any blood. As we age, the discs slowly lose the water and clear, nutrient-rich fluid. This causes the discs to dry out and flatten, which can result in pain, discomfort and a loss of range of motion of the spine. In some instances, DDD can result in the development of a herniated disc.
Symptoms of Degenerative Disc Disease
The symptoms of degenerative disc disease (DDD) include back pain, neck pain, loss of range of motion, and flexibility of the spine. These symptoms can be present anywhere along the spine, even in the neck. However, the condition most often causes symptoms in the lower back.
If you have DDD, you may notice that you have difficulty twisting or turning your back and bending over. If the degenerative disc disease results in a herniated disc in the lower back, you may also have difficulty walking and performing everyday tasks. If the DDD results in a herniated disc in the neck, you may experience neck pain along with upper back pain along with tingling and numbness down the arms.
Treating Degenerative Disc Disease with Our Chiropractor in Santa Clara
Our chiropractor in Santa Clara offers, non-invasive chiropractic treatments for degenerative disc disease, including manual and instrument adjustments and KST. These treatments are designed to increase the spaces between your vertebrae so that your discs can refill with fluid and rehydrate.
Manual Chiropractic Adjustments
Manual chiropractic adjustments involve a smooth andswift force that is applied to your misaligned vertebrae. Once the vertebra is realigned, the space around your disc becomes slightly bigger. This gives the disc the room it needs to refill with nutrient-rich fluid and rehydrate.
Instrument adjustments perform the same task as manual adjustments, except the force is applied using a hand-held adjusting device. During this treatment, our chiropractor in Santa Clara will place the adjustment device against the vertebrae that needs to be repositioned and activate the instrument adjuster. An arm with a rubber tip will start to apply force in a rapid tapping motion. Individuals with DDD like this adjustment technique because it results in less discomfort during the adjustment and there are no popping or cracking sounds.
KST chiropractic adjustments can help treat DDD as well as other spinal conditions that may be causing you discomfort. This process involves testing and challenging all the major parts of your body, including your back, feet, hips and neck. If any problems are noticed, our chiropractor in Santa Clara will determine the best place to perform an adjustment and make that adjustment, according to the findings.
To schedule an appointment for your degenerative disc disease symptoms with one of our chiropractors in Santa Clara, call us at (408) 985-8118.