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Posted on 11-21-2012

Degenerative disc disease, spondylosis and arthritis of the spine are all the same thing. This syndrome is composed of 1) The narrowing, wearing or weakening of the disc between the vertebrae. 2) Pinching or irritation of the spinal nerves in that area. 3) The overgrowth of vertebral bone which ultimately shuts down motion.

As people age, the body’s discs become more fragile, thin and weak due to stress, injury or neglect. Discs in between the vertebrae are partially composed of cartilage. These areas are subject to wear and tear or degenerative changes over time. The gradual deterioration of discs between vertebrae is referred to as degenerative disc disease says Portage Park chiropractor Dr. Cynthia Seaman.

Degeneration of the disc tissue makes the disc more vulnerable to a disc herniation, protrusion or irritation and can cause pain in the affected area. Disc degeneration can happen at any level of the spine, at times causing pain in the affected area with radiating pain along the nerves from the spinal canal at that level.

Disc degeneration can even affect the neck. It is referred to as cervical disc disease. Disc degeneration that affects the low back can cause pain in the back, into the groin, down the thigh or shin or even into the feet.  Disc degeneration is most commonly found in people of working age, usually between 30 and 50.

At your initial exam, Dr. Seaman will go through your past medical history, and will determine areas of restricted joint motion, disc injury, muscle spasm, and ligament injury by performing a complete chiropractic exam.  She will also observe how you walk as well as your overall posture. Those details will help her understand your body mechanics and how your spine moves. You may also need an x-ray to further diagnosis your problem. After the examination Dr. Seaman will develop a treatment plan to stabilize and normalize your spine.

Treatments may include:

Spinal manipulation (adjustments): Dr. Seaman will identify the joints that are restricted or those that show abnormal motion. She will work to restore movement to the joints using a gentle chiropractic technique.

Flexion-distraction technique: This type of spinal manipulation uses a gentle specialized table invented to treat herniated, irritated or protruded discs and spinal stenosis.

Therapeutic massage: Massage can help reduce muscle tension, balance muscles and eliminate knots in your affected areas. This is always done by a professional massage therapist.

If you or someone you know might have spondylosis click on seamanchiro.com or call us 773-545-2233 to set up an appointment today.

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