Degenerative disc disease is a diagnosis that has varying levels of signs and symptoms. The intervertebral discs of the spine help separate the vertebrae and act as shock absorbers. Degenerative disc disease really isn’t a disease at all but rather normal changes that occur in the discs of the spine. It isn’t a viral or bacterial infection that youcatch but more like wear and tear on the body. If you are in your 30’s, there is a good chance there are signs of degeneration on X-ray in your neck, and it would be shocking to not see degeneration in your 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, and so on.
The question becomes does the normally occurring degeneration or degenerative disc disease in your neck actually causing the pain you are feeling? This is where there are many varying opinions among doctors. Whether it is causing pain or not, there is little debate on the other problems that can occur from too much degeneration in the neck. These problems include osteoarthritis of the facet joints, disc herniation, and spinal stenosis of the neck. You can read more about these conditions on the other tabs.
Thankfully, pain from degenerative disc disease can be resolved with conservative care. Whether it be spinal manipulation by our chiropractor, rehabilitation by our physical therapist, and/or deep tissue laser therapy, you can count on results and relief of your neck symptoms at Taylor Spine and Sports Rehabilitation.