Pain in the back and neck is often caused by the normal wear and tear of the discs in the spinal column. Over time, these discs degenerate, and more pressure is placed on those areas, causing bouts of extreme shooting pain. The body attempts to stabilize itself with the muscles around the affected area, overcompensating to do so. Thankfully, the team at Atlantic Chiropractic and Rehabilitation in Chesapeake, VA, understands how to help manage the effects of degenerative disc disease and prevent it from reoccurring.
Causes of Degenerative Disc Disease
Degenerative disc disease occurs gradually as the discs become worn, dry, and prone to bulging or cracking. Excessive use of the spinal joints, improper spinal positioning while sleeping, falls, accidents, age, and chronic diseases are all common causes of degenerative disc disease. We often see patients in their senior years suffering from this condition. If left untreated, degenerative disc disease can lead to various other health-related issues, limiting your ability to participate in daily life.
Symptoms of Degenerative Disc Disease
Patients often notice a chronic, dull pain in their neck or back when suffering from degenerative disc disease. Movements such as pulling, pushing, or twisting may cause additional pain the next day or a few days after the activity. Numbness or tingly sensation in the ligaments or a fire-like hot sense in some nerves might occur.
How Our Chiropractor Can Help
Our comprehensive evaluation will include spinal screening and various tests. The results will guide us in creating a personalized treatment plan to address your disc degeneration. Our chiropractor treats degenerative disc disease at the source with spinal manipulation and hand-on adjustments. Adjusting your spine helps reduce inflammation, lift the pressure off the disc, and promote the body's natural healing process.
We also perform spinal decompression, a type of traction therapy that works to relieve nerve pain caused by degenerative disc disease. In addition, we usually combine massage therapy, stretching and strengthening exercises, and lifestyle changes with your treatment plan to enhance the results of your recovery. Our chiropractic care can prevent the need for invasive procedures or pain medications to alleviate your degenerative disc disease.
Contact Us for Back Pain Treatment from Our Chesapeake Chiropractor
Most people aren't aware that chiropractors help ease and treat some of the underlying causes of this pain. We can help you manage your condition and get back to living an active and pain-free life again. Regardless of the type of back pain you're experiencing, our team at Atlantic Chiropractic and Rehabilitation in Chesapeake looks forward to helping you find natural relief. Contact us today for an appointment or to learn more about how we can help.