What is Degenerative Disc Disease?
Degenerative disc disease is not as much a disease as it is a name for the changes that can happen to the spine as we age.
Our discs are made of a tough, rubbery exterior and a soft interior. They sit between the vertebrae to act as shock absorbers. When your spinal bones are misaligned (subluxated), the spinal discs begin to degenerate. This can cause herniated discs, bulging discs, spinal stenosis, and osteoarthritis.
Degenerative Disc Symptoms
The degeneration of spinal discs may cause no symptoms at all, and symptoms depend on each patient and the severity of their case.
Pain may occur at the site of the affected disc in the back or neck. As the pain is often caused by compressed nerves, this pain can also travel to other areas of the body like the buttocks, arms, and legs. Numbness and tingling in the arms and legs may also be experienced. Pain can range from mild to severe and debilitating.
Degenerative Disc Causes
As mentioned previously, our spines can degenerate when the spinal bones are misaligned (subluxated). Tears in the tougher outer layer of the disc will happen. and as the discs begin to lose fluid, they become smaller and less flexible.
Degenerative Disc Prevention
Regular chiropractic adjustments will keep your spine well aligned and healthy. Make regular chiropractic adjustments a part of your health hygiene, just like brushing your teeth. If you live in the Houston area, Dr. Neal can help you maintain a healthy spine and nerve system. THE House and Office Call Chiropractor for the Houston Area!