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What is Degenerative Disc Disease?

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Degenerative Disc Disease – From Your Chiropractor in Oviedo

Degenerative disc disease is a term used in chiropractic to describe the degeneration of one or more discs in the spine. While a diagnosis of degenerative disc disease can be alarming, and certainly warrants treatment, it is important to remember that most degenerative disc disease symptoms can be treated effectively. Whether you are suffering from arthritis, dealing with an injury, or you are just getting older, there are solutions we can offer as your chiropractor in Oviedo.

What is Degenerative Disc Disease?

If you talk to a chiropractor about degenerative disc disease, you will learn that the term is a bit misleading. While they symptoms you are experiencing are related to the degeneration of your discs, it does not mean that the degeneration will continue to advance. The term degenerative disc disease simply refers to the state of your discs. They may be thinner than they need to be – which can be caused by aging, injury and certain diseases – or they may be torn in a way that makes them not function correctly. The disc has degenerated, leading to your symptoms.

When a spinal disc has degenerated, it no longer provides the necessary cushion between your vertebrae. Or, if the disc is torn, the interior material may push out and press on the nerves in your spine. The exact process will depend on the specific nature of your injury – but the symptoms tend to be similar:

  • Shooting pains
  • Numbness
  • Loss of sensation
  • Stiffness of muscles
  • Loss of mobility
  • Dull aching pain

How Chiropractic Treatment Can Help

At Oviedo Injury and Wellness Center, we offer a range of treatments that can be helpful for degenerative disc disease. Some of these include:

Chiropractic Adjustments

The dysfunction of your discs is usually due to abnormal distribution of weight onto the joints making the problem worse. Chiropractic adjustments are excellent for realigning the bones of your spine and can restore normal function back to the joints and discs.

Spinal Decompression

Using gentle pressure, we can pull your vertebrae slightly apart to relieve pressure on your discs, allowing them to return to their ideal positions. Dr. Ressler has a specialized table called a flexion distraction table that does spinal decompression. It can also improve circulation to your discs and the tissues surrounding them.

Massage Therapy

Massage works in conjunction with spinal decompression and adjustments to relieve tension in your muscles break up scar tissue and improve the results of your other treatments.

Schedule Your Appointment Today for Degenerative Disc Treatment

Our team is ready and waiting to assist you for degenerative disc disease. Give us a call at (407) 977-5005 today to schedule an appointment and get relief!