Degenerative Disc Disease

Degenerative Disc Disease Treatment in CT & NY

Degenerative disc disease, or (DDD), is a form of osteoarthritis of the spine, typically in the neck or lower back. It is a condition of the discs between vertebrae with loss of cushioning, fragmentation and herniation.

Symptoms of Degenerative Disc Disease

Symptoms include loss of flexibility in the spine, and bone spurs may pinch a nerve root, causing pain or weakness. Other symptoms include:

  • Pain in the lower back, buttocks or upper thighs
  • Pain that feels worse when you sit, bend, lift or twist
  • Muscle pain or spasms
  • Sharp, radiating pain
  • Reduced pain when changing positions

Causes of Degenerative Disc Disease

The intervertebral discs provide padding between the vertebrae of the spine. As a person ages, repeated daily stresses on the spine can cause damage to the discs in the spine. Injury, health and lifestyle factors and possibly genetics are also common causes of degenerative disc disease.

Risk factors include:

  • Obesity
  • Age
  • Genetics
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Occupations and leisure activities
  • Traumatic injury

Treatment for Degenerative Disc Disease

A proper chiropractic regimen paired with physical therapy can alleviate pain caused by degenerative disc disease by adjusting the spine and restoring muscle strength. Self-care methods, such as proper exercise and nutrition, can also help relieve pain.

At Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation of NY & CT, we offer a variety of personalized treatments to help you find relief. To learn more about which treatment is right for you, schedule an appointment today!