Treatment for Degenerative Disc Disease in Raleigh, NC
Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD) is not a "disease" per se, but rather a term used to describe a process or condition that develops gradually and worsens over time. The use of this term indicates that cartilage-like discs between the spinal vertebral joints are the primary cause of the symptoms, and that the degenerative changes are rather advanced.
To some degree, intervertebral discs lose their flexibility, elasticity and shock absorbing characteristics as we age, as do other tissues in the body. Abnormal or excessive mechanical stresses or injuries of the past coupled with hereditary, developmental and metabolic influences can rapidly accelerate this process.
As the involved disc dries out and loses height (a process known as desiccation), it causes the vertebra to become closer together, narrowing the channels through which the nerve roots pass. A dry, thin disc is unable to do its job of absorbing shock, further stressing the joint as well as the supporting muscles and ligaments. The worse it gets, the poorer its shock absorbing capability, which exponentially accelerates the process.
Contrary to what one might suppose, stress to these tissues does not result in a wearing away, but instead leads to a gradual buildup of calcium deposits otherwise known as osteoarthritis. This is similar to how stress to the skin on the palm of your hand results in a buildup of skin cells otherwise known as a callous. This progression of disc desiccation, thinning and osteoarthritis is called degenerative disc disease. The resultant narrowing of space available for the spinal cord and spinal nerve roots is called spinal stenosis.
How Does Spinal Decompression Treatment Help Degenerative Disc Disease?
The doctors at Triangle Disc Care specialize in spinal decompression therapy to help reverse the changes of degenerative disc disease in Raleigh patients. This treatment works by gently separating the offending disc, creating negative pressure inside the disc to pull water, oxygen and nutrients into the disc. This works to rehydrate a degenerated disc by bringing in the nutrients needed to heal torn fibers and halt the degenerative process. As the disc is rehydrated, the shock absorbing properties are restored, and in many cases some of the lost height is restored as well, improving any spinal stenosis.
Visit Triangle Disc Care for Raleigh Degenerative Disc Disease Treatment
At Triangle Disc Care, we’re proud to offer spinal decompression therapy in Raleigh for back pain and a variety of spinal problems, including degenerative disc disease. To schedule an appointment for a no-charge consultation, contact us today or fill out the form to the left.
At Triangle Disc Care, our spinal specialist offers treatment for degenerative disc disease in patients from Raleigh, Durham, Cary, Fayetteville, Sanford, Wake Forest, Clayton, Garner, Apex, Morrisville, Holly Springs, Fuquay-Varina and throughout the NC Triangle.