Degenerative Disc Disease
Let’s take a new approach to talk about Degenerative Disc Disease(DDD) and disc degeneration in general. On this page we’re going to take a much more real-world approach and discuss degeneration in your neck, middle and lower back. . We can talk all about the encyclopedic description but that doesn’t give us anything to work with. How about we talk, briefly, about discs anatomy, how they work, and what degeneration to those tissues means for you and your life.
Is it a disease?
Unfortunately, the medical community will take the approach of name it, blame it, and taming it for many of the natural processes that we go through in life. Degeneration can cause pain and be a reason you would visit our chiropractic office so we know that many of our patients are in pain because of DDD. The big difference between DDD and natural degeneration is pain. If you are having pain and limitation because of degeneration in the disc or spine then it is considered a disease process.
Why Does DDD hurt me?
In the patients that have DDD that is pain-producing, it is from a few common places. First, when the disc degenerates there is less room in the surrounding tissues you may start developing pain that radiates into your arms or legs, you may develop sensory changes(think pins/needles or numbness), as the disc progresses over time you will notice more pain in a different range of motion and more limiting pain with your activity levels. The discs in your spine provide a critical component to your natural range of motion and without them, you will notice less ability to move.