Degenerative Disc Disease

Dr.  Joe Piché -  - Chiropractor

Piché Family Chiropractic

Dr. Joe Piché

Chiropractor located in Traverse City, MI

Degenerative Disc Disease
If you’ve been diagnosed with degenerative disc disease, finding the most effective treatment option is critical for both limiting pain and maintaining maximum mobility and strength. By exploring all your options, you can ensure you receive the intervention you need to live without limitations and pain. Dr. Joe Piché and Dr. Lea Piché at Piché Family Chiropractic in Traverse City, Michigan, practice with a dual focus: alleviating your pain and correcting the underlying cause of your symptoms. To find out how they can help you manage your degenerative disc disease, schedule an appointment today.

Degenerative Disc Disease Q & A

by Dr. Joe Piché

What is degenerative disc disease?

Degenerative disc disease essentially refers to at least one disc in the spine that is compromised. “Compromised” may mean worn, lacking disc space, inflamed, or otherwise damaged. This damage can result in pain. Although that may sound frightening, it’s actually a fairly common condition: It affects as many as 30% of all Americans.

What causes degenerative disc disease?

When Dr. Joe Piché and Dr. Lea Piché look at degenerative disc disease, their  primary goal is to find out what’s causing your pain and how they can address that cause. These problems can be caused by genetics, wear and tear, or trauma. By identifying the root cause, Piché Family Chiropractic can ensure your pain isn’t just alleviated temporarily but improved in the long term. From this perspective, pain from degenerative disc disease stems from one or more of three primary causes:

  • Bulging or thinning discs, which puts pressure on the nerves in your spine
  • Spinal joint degeneration, which affects spinal mechanics
  • Spinal stenosis, which might cause both back pain and leg pain

How can a chiropractor determine whether you have degenerative disc disease?

Dr. Joe Piché and Dr. Lea Piché will use a multi-faceted approach to determine whether you might be suffering from degenerative disc disease. They’ll go over your complete medical history with you, examine your spinal alignment, and observe your posture and gait (how you walk). In some cases, he may also order an X-ray or MRI to get a better look at the structures impacting your spinal health.

Once he identifies the condition you’re suffering from, a treatment plan will be developed to get you back to health as quickly as possible.

What chiropractic treatments might help?

There are several things Dr. Joe Piché and Dr. Lea Piché can do to treat the symptoms of degenerative disc disease, including:

  • Spinal adjustments
  • Flexion-distraction
  • Instrument-assisted adjustment
  • Manual stretching techniques
  • Electric stimulation
  • Ultrasound therapy
  • Soft-tissue therapy
  • Trigger point therapy

The best treatment for you depends on the specific circumstances of your condition.

Who is at highest risk of degenerative disc disease?

Over 30% of adults over age 30 suffer from degenerative disc disease, although many don’t know they have it. After age 60, the vast majority of people have at least one disc that shows signs of degeneration. This means nearly everyone is at risk of the disease. However, you may be at higher risk if you perform repetitive work that impacts your spine or have experienced even a minor back injury in the past.

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