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When should I see a doctor for degenerative disc disease?

Published: September 30, 2022

Eight reasons to consult a pain doctor for degenerative disc disorder relief

One of the many aging effects is degenerative disc disease, where your spinal discs deteriorate with stress and injury. It is a painful condition painkillers can help in provide pain relief.

However while painkillers do provide temporary pain relief, your pain doctor can help treat and slow down the process.

What is degenerative disc disorder?

Degenerative disc disorder is a progressive disease that worsens with time. It is a condition wherein the vertebrae slowly lose their strength and elasticity, and this often leads to symptoms like:

· Low back pain

· Pain while bending and twisting

· Temporary pain that will last anywhere between a few hours or days at a go

· Stiffness after lying down or sitting for prolonged periods

· Pain in the legs and buttocks

Factors like obesity, accidents, injuries, poor diet, and strenuous exercise will also contribute to the development and progression of degenerative disc disorder.

How your pain doctor can help

Your chiropractor can mainly help treat DDD through chiropractic care. And chiropractic care involves correcting subluxations to restore the spinal balance and thus will offer much more than back pain relief.

This is how and why your chiropractor can help you.

The spine comprises delicate nerves traversing along the spinal column. And these nerves are responsible for sending and receiving signals that control practically all of the body processes like muscle growth, hormone regulation, and digestion. 

Only when you have a free-flowing and healthy nervous system can your body perform as intended. And your pain doctor helps ensure this is possible by:

·        Lowering and regulating your blood pressure

·        Reducing inflammation

·        Correcting subluxations and scoliosis

·        Providing sciatic pain relief

·        Improving your immune system health

·        Reducing or eliminating neurological conditions

·        Improving your mental and emotional health

·        Providing acute and chronic back and neck pain relief.

Your pain doctor may try various techniques to ease the pain of degenerative discs and promote healthy repair while protecting spinal health.

These techniques include:

·         Using specific and targeted chiropractic adjustments

 Your pain doctor will assess and identify the areas of pain. Once located, they will work with the specific degenerated vertebrae to provide relief and space for healing. 

·         Flexion distraction

This is a non-thrusting technique your physician may adopt to treat problems like herniated discs and spinal stenosis. It involves your doctor gently improving your back curve and providing the compromised discs with the necessary support.

·         Subluxation correction using instruments

Your pain doctor uses a hand-held instrument to gently apply pressure to specific vertebrae. No jarring or thrusting motion is involved in aligning the backbone.

So it’s no wonder that most patients do not experience any discomfort through the adjustment.

However, to reap the maximum effects of chiropractic care, you must fully reveal your pain to your pain doctor. Your doctor needs to know the extent of the pain and your level of pain tolerance.

They will accordingly be able to decide on the best treatments which will work for you.

Proactive measures worth adopting

Your pain doctor will also suggest some proactive tips to control disc degeneration. As changes in the spinal curve increase the chances of back pain, your pain doctor will recommend taking some proactive measures.

Examples are following a daily exercise regimen, stretching, and having periodical adjustments to maintain a solid and flexible spine. 

In addition to it, these three steps will also help in slowing down degenerative disc disease. 

1. Stop smoking because there is a connection between smoking and degenerative disc diseases. And also because smoking only ends up worsening the condition. 

2.   Following an active lifestyle because it goes a long way in keeping spinal discs healthy.

3.   Maintaining a nutritious diet helps promote proper disc functioning and healthy bones and body parts. This implies that your diet should comprise balanced foods rich in minerals, vitamins, and omega-fatty acids.

Consulting your pain doctor

While degenerative disc disorder is part of the aging process, the good news is that not everyone should suffer from it. And while there is no cure for the condition, even better news is that chiropractic care can help.

What is most important is adopting a proactive approach to your spinal health. In addition to this, you need to consult your pain doctor on time and you will be able to stay active and pain-free for a long time!

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