Degenerative disc disease is a common cause of low back, neck, or arm pain. As you age, the rubbery disc between your vertebrae could wear down. These discs act as shock absorbers, so when they deteriorate, you can feel pain and discomfort. 

 

While the disease naturally comes with aging, you can alleviate symptoms with back pain treatment. Physical therapy and chiropractic care at Senara in Peoria can help, and our team of skilled practitioners will prescribe the optimal combination of treatments to address your cervical pain.

 

Normal

 

Discs and posture are normal at this stage. Consulting a chiropractor helps you address misalignments that could put pressure on your spine that lead to cervical degeneration. It’s all about prevention at this stage. 

 

Phase I

 

During the first stage of spinal degeneration, your spine loses its natural curvature and balance. At this point, you may not feel any pain or symptoms, but the areas surrounding your spine—the disc, nerves, and joints—age faster. In Phase I, it’s possible to minimize and even reverse degeneration. 

 

Phase II

 

Fatigue, stress, and various aches and pains start to appear in Phase II. 

 

Your spinal discs will start to look thinner and the curvature of the spine becomes more unnatural. This condition is common for both males and females when they reach 40. 

 

Chiropractic treatments could still provide significant improvements at this phase. 

 

Phase III

 

In Phase III, there are noticeable changes in posture accompanied by pain and loss of mobility. This phase happens when issues with the spine remain untreated for years. 

 

Discs become even thinner at this point. You may experience loss of energy, reduced height, and bone deformation. Chiropractic care focuses on minimizing the effect of your condition. 

 

Phase IV

 

Phase 4 is the most advanced stage of degenerative disc disease. At this point, the disease is considered irreversible. Discs are at their thinnest or gone. Your spine will also have limited flexibility, and you may experience intense pain and severe nerve damage. 

 

When the disease is in the final stage, chiropractors can offer pain management to reduce discomfort. 

 

Whether you have a normal spine, early signs of degenerative disc disease, or at an advanced stage, visiting a chiropractic clinic can help. When symptoms of the disease start to manifest, it’s better to seek treatment right away to avoid further progression. 

Start taking care of your spine, book a chiropractic adjustment at Senara in Peoria today!