Degenerative Disc Disease

Back to Wellness Medical Center

Helmut Eichner, DC

Chiropractor located in Bend, OR

If long periods of standing or sitting trigger back or neck pain, you may have degenerative disc disease. Led by Helmut Eichner, DC, the team at Back to Wellness Medical Center in Bend, Oregon, offers non-surgical chiropractic treatment for men and women who struggle to keep up with their normal routine because of degenerative disc disease. Call the office to learn more or go online to book a consultation.

Degenerative Disc Disease Q & A

What is degenerative disc disease?

If you have deterioration of one or more of the discs in your spinal column, you have degenerative disc disease. Repeated use and straining of your back or neck over the years leads to the gradual degeneration. 

Discs operate like shock absorbers and safeguard your vertebrae from the pounding created during your everyday movements. As they slowly lose their integrity, discs can protrude into your nerves and cause chronic pain.

What are the symptoms of degenerative disc disease?

The pain associated with degenerative disc disease usually affects only your back and neck. Some of the symptoms include:

  • Pain that worsens when you sit
  • Pain that improves with movement
  • Pain in your neck
  • Pain in your buttocks
  • Pain in your lower back
  • Spinal instability
  • Feeling of weakness
  • Numbness or tingling in legs or arms

Another symptom of degenerative disc disease is pain that improves when you lie down or change positions.

What causes degenerative disc disease?

Unfortunately, the main cause of degenerative disc disease is simply getting older. Most people experience some level of disc deterioration as they age, but it’s not always painful. 

Repetitive movements, like those you use in certain sports or jobs, also contribute to a slow and steady deterioration of your discs. 

How is degenerative disc disease diagnosed?

The Back to Wellness Medical Center team has years of experience diagnosing and treating back and neck problems. 

They quickly recognize the telling symptoms during a physical exam that measures your movements and registers your pain levels. In some cases, they may need to take an X-ray or use MRI technology to confirm the diagnosis. 

How is degenerative disc disease treated?

Everyone experiences degenerative disc disease in their own way. Spinal decompression is a go-to treatment for the problem because it’s especially effective for bulging and herniated discs.

In addition to spinal decompression, and depending on how much pain you’re in, the team writes a custom plan that may include any of these non-surgical options.

  • Chiropractic adjustments
  • Massage therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Low-impact exercise

In some rare cases, surgery is necessary to treat degenerative disc disease, but it’s the team’s goal to help you avoid the need for it.

To get relief from pain and improve your back function, call Back to Wellness Medical Center for a degenerative disc disease consultation or use the online scheduling feature.