Degenerative Joint Disease

Information for Chirocure patients Degenerative disc disease is a slow progressive breakdown in the structures that make up the disc. It can occur in all segments of the spine but most often in the mobile segments of the neck and back. The soft center of the disc (nucleus) loses its fluid content and is less able to absorb motion forces. The thin outer wall annulus has layers that tend to fray and break down over time. Degenerative disc disease typically affects people in their 40’s-50’s, although it can start as early as adolescence in rare cases. 

 In some people this degenerative process is not associated with pain, while in others degenerative disc disease can cause neck and back pain, stiffness, and soreness. Degenerative discs can rupture, leading to arm or leg pain if the disc pinches nerves. The process of degeneration causes discs to gradually lose height, form spurs, and cause narrowing around the nerves, which can also lead to arm and leg pain

Over the counter medications: The pain and discomfort caused by degenerative disc disease should be treated initially by medications such as Tyleno and anti-inflammatories (NSAIDS. non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, which include medications such as ibuprofen, naproxen, etc. However, some studies have indicated that NSAIDs may inhibit bone healing, so consult your doctor in taking these anti- inflammatories. 

Stretching and strengthening exercises may be beneficial in decreasing neck and back pain caused by a herniated disc. 

In cases where medications and therapy have failed to provide relief, corticosteroid injections may be indicated.

PREVENTATIVE CARE OFFERED AT CHIROCURE                                
 Ongoing chiropractic adjustments to prevent the disc becoming less flexible and more prone to injury. Chiropractic care will reduce pain and dysfunction. Avoid smoking, repetitive trauma and excessive weight gain.

Normal anatomy.


Correct alignment, no degeneration present on films


Degenerative change in several discs

Degenerastion is present on the annotated films below. 
For more info ask Dr Tania Leski.

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