Dr. Maryanne Del Negro and the chiropractic team at her practice in Garwood, NJ, provide comprehensive chiropractic care, including cryotherapy, electrical stimulation therapy, spinal adjustments, and spinal decompression. They also offer treatments for degenerative discs.
What Is Degenerative Disc Disease?
Degenerative disc disease is often an effect of the aging process. When we're young, our joints are very flexible. Healthy connective tissues, called spinal discs, that lie between the vertebrae provide protection against injury since they act like cushions or shock absorbers. They also help you bend and twist more comfortably.
However, as we age, the spine starts to suffer wear and tear. The spinal discs, which have a tough, rubbery exterior and soft interior, start to lose fluid with age. Over time, they decrease in size, which causes a loss of flexibility and cushioning. Degenerative disc disease can also cause other complications, such as osteoarthritis, spinal stenosis, bulging discs, and herniated discs.
Signs of a Degenerative Disc Disease
Although some patients may experience no symptoms when their spinal discs start to degenerate, others may experience back or neck pain. This pain can travel to other parts of the body, such as arms, legs, and buttocks, due to compressed nerves. The pain may become worse when you sit or bend, or lift objects, and can range from moderate to severe. Other signs of degenerative disc disease is a numbness or tingling in your arms and legs, and also reduced mobility in the back and neck.
Degenerative Disc Treatments
First, you can slow down the degenerative process by ensuring that you maintain a healthy body weight and by strengthening your body through regular exercise. Quitting smoking will also be very beneficial.
When you start experiencing pain due to degenerative disc disease, you can use alternating ice packs and heating pads on the affected areas. Yoga and stretching exercises are also effective ways of relieving pain and slowing down the degenerative process. Spinal adjustments ensure that no misaligned components of the spinal column are putting excess strain on the discs, and soft tissue therapies help reduce the pressure put on discs by nearby swollen tissues.
If you’re experiencing frequent back or neck pain, the chiropractic treatment that Dr. Maryanne Del Negro and the chiropractic team at her practice in Garwood, NJ, can provide you with much-needed relief. You can make a booking online or you can call the practice at (908) 789-2303. A member of the Maryanne Del Negro team will answer all your questions and ensure that you receive the necessary support and care.