Due to aging or disease, discs separating spinal vertebrae deteriorate, lose fluid content and inhibit your ability to engage your spine without stiffness or pain. Degenerative disc disease (DDD) also narrows nerve openings along the spine, increasing pressure on sensitive nerves and worsening pain. Consequently, discs can’t adequately absorb shocks when you walk, jog or jump. In addition, poor posture and incorrect twisting, bending and turning motions put excessive stress on discs, contributing to degenerative disc disease. Changes in spinal disc health could also be the result of a herniated disc, spinal stenosis or osteoarthritis.
Symptoms of Degenerative Disc Disease
You may not take early symptoms of DDD seriously, brushing it off as simple back pain. As DDD progresses, worsening back pain can radiate into the legs and cause numbness or tingling sensations in your buttocks and legs. When DDD damages particular discs, people tend to experience more severe pain in the general area of the damaged disc. For example, cervical DDD, or degenerative disc disease affecting discs in the neck area, may make you feel like you have a constantly painful, stiff neck. If you twist a certain way, reach above your head or bend over, back and/or neck pain often increases in people suffering from DDD.
Degenerative Disc Disease Treatment
Spinal disc disease therapy in Franklin, TN consists of Dr. Crist performing spinal manipulations that reduce pain-causing pressure on nerves and neurological tissue. Manipulation and adjustment techniques not only help ease pain and increase your range of motion, but they also work to restore blood flow, relax muscle tension and promote endorphin release to eliminate pain naturally. Visiting your chiropractor in Cool Springs, TN for degenerative disc disease treatment means you won’t need to rely on expensive pain medications, nor should you need to resort to surgery to relieve the pain of DDD.
Spinal Decompression Therapy in Cool Springs TN for Degenerative Disc Disease
Spinal decompression therapy is another effective method employed by your chiropractor in Cool Springs, TN that removes pressure between and around vertebrae due to deteriorated discs. Undergoing spinal decompression therapy involves lying comfortably on a padded decompression table that slowly tilts your body and gently stretches your spine. Modifying the position and gravitational forces on your spinal vertebrae creates therapeutic negative pressure within your spine to provide almost immediate pain relief. Spinal decompression therapy also helps promote movement and flow of oxygen, water and other nutrient-rich fluids throughout all vertebral discs to encourage healing, and reverse or delay degenerative processes.
Learn more about spinal disc therapy in Franklin, TN by calling Crist Chiropractic at 615-771-0022 or by visiting our new facility complete with great amenities and a pleasantly cozy ambience. We accept most insurance plans and also offer flexible payment plans if you do not have insurance.