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Degenerative Disc Disease

Our Frederick, MD Back Doctor Discusses Disc Degeneration

Have you been diagnosed with disc degeneration in your back?  Are you seeking to learn more information about the symptoms and management of your back pain? Read on to learn more about the condition and how you can gain control of your back pain and improve your quality of life!

What is Degenerative Disc Disease (also known as “Disc Degeneration”)?

Degenerative Disc Disease is a common condition that affects millions of people at any given time and is often the cause of lower back and neck pain.  Disc degeneration occurs as we get older and our spinal discs break down.  The breaking down process may result in decreased fluid in the discs which reduces flexibility or tears and cracks in the outer layer of the disc. Tears and crack may result in disc breakage, bulges, or rupturing. All of these possibilities may bring forth a variety of side effects – pain, limited range of motion, numbness, muscle spasms, and more.

What Causes Degenerative Disc Disease?

Disc Degeneration typically occurs naturally as part of the aging process. As mentioned above, our discs becomes weakened and thinned with age. There are also a few situations that may speed up the onset of degenerative disc disease such as:

  • Obesity
  • Back Injury/Trauma
  • Jobs requiring heavy lifting
  • Smoking

Is there a cure for Disc Degeneration?

Degenerative Disc Disease is typically managed through a variety of methods, including Chiropractic care, until complications arise that require surgery or until your daily life activities are severely limited. There are are variety of paths that a person with the condition can take to both slow down the progression and manage the pain.  Suggested options are as follows:

  • Lose Weight
  • Avoid cigarettes and alcohol
  • Reduce heavy lifting
  • Obtain Chiropractic care

How can my Chiropractor Help me Manage Disc Degeneration?

Chiropractic care can improve spinal motion and reduce inflammation, thereby improving joint mechanics. If you do not have advanced disc degeneration, your chiropractor may also work on improving the function of the disc.

A variety of adjustments and manual therapy can treat the symptoms of disc degeneration, including spinal manipulation, trigger point therapy, and therapeutic massage.  Dr. Lipinski has successfully treated disc degeneration in the Frederick, MD area for over 15 years. Read our patient reviews here, and contact us today to learn more!