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.
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:
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.
There are several things Dr. Joe Piché and Dr. Lea Piché can do to treat the symptoms of degenerative disc disease, including:
The best treatment for you depends on the specific circumstances of your condition.
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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