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Degenerative Disc Disease

Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD) refers to the wear and tear of the spinal discs, the soft, compressible discs that separate the vertebrae in the spine.
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Degenerative Disc Disease

Over time, these discs can lose their cushioning, elasticity, and shock-absorbing capabilities. DDD is a common cause of back and neck pain.

Symptoms of Degenerative Disc Disease

Symptoms vary but often include chronic pain in the lower back or neck, pain that radiates to the arms or legs, numbness or tingling in the extremities, and weakness in the affected areas. Pain often worsens with sitting, bending, lifting, or twisting.
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Common Causes of Degenerative Disc Disease Include:

  • Poor mechanics: bending and lifting the wrong way repeatedly.
  • Injury: Trauma to the spine.
  • Genetics: A family history of spine problems.
  • Overuse: Repetitive movements or heavy lifting.
  • Smoking: Which can reduce blood flow to the discs.

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Chiropractic care aims to manage pain and improve function through spinal adjustments, decompression therapy, and lifestyle modifications such as posture improvement and exercise.
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