Degenerative Disc Disease

Degenerative Disc Disease Treatment with our Portland and Beaverton Chiropractor

When searching around for chiropractic services in Beaverton, Portland, or the surrounding area, it’s best to find an office with top-notch reviews and a wide variety of services. Here at The Wellness Center PDX, we have those qualities and so many more! We are proud to treat a wide variety of conditions, and our chiropractors and medical team have decades of experience in the field. One condition that we effectively treat is degenerative disc disease. 

Degenerative Disc Disease

What is Degenerative Disc Disease?

This disease happens when normal changes in your spine cause you pain. Over time, our spinal discs wear out and break down. However, this normal process doesn’t usually cause pain. If you notice pain caused from these worn-out discs, then degenerative disk disease is the condition you have. 

Some Potential Causes of Degenerative Disc Disease

The discs in your spine consist of a soft inner core and a tough outer wall. As you get older, these discs change. If spine pain is caused, degenerative disk disease is the resulting condition. This disease is caused by:

Discs Drying Out

When we’re born, our spinal discs consist of mostly water. As time passes, these discs lose water and thin out. Although it’s a normal process, this lost water means less padding for your vertebrae. Although this usually doesn’t cause pain, it is possible. 

Cracking Discs

Everyday stress, including various injuries over the years, might lead to tiny rips in the outer walls of your spinal discs. The problem here is that those outer walls contain many nerves, which can be very painful if touched. In addition, if these outer walls are torn, the soft inner core can start to push through the cracks, which might cause it to bulge or slip out of place. Once nerves are affected, the pain will follow. 

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How a Chiropractor Can Help

If you suspect that you have degenerative disk disease, a chiropractor will first determine if you truly have a disc-related issue. Although it may seem like a disc problem, it is common to mistake a disc issue for another spinal condition. After asking you questions about your medical history, the pain you’re experiencing, etc., the doctor will then provide different techniques depending on the severity of the disease. Spinal manipulation and therapeutic massage are a few of the common treatments performed.

For a diagnosis of degenerative disk disease or for a routine checkup in the Beaverton area, be sure to contact The Wellness Center PDX today! Check out some of our services below:

  • Spine pain relief 
  • Back pain solutions
  • Chiropractic care
  • Corrective exercises
  • Lifestyle advice
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Massage therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Naturopathic Medicine
  • And more!

For back pain relief, neck pain solutions, and improved wellness services, make an appointment today by calling (503) 389-5545, or stop by our office at 1359 NE 35th Ave Portland, OR.

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Reviews From our Satisfied Patients

  • "I was very impressed with the chiropractic care I received from Gabriel. I had received chiropractic in the past for my neck pain, but not to this level of care. After only a few sessions, my symptoms began to disappear, especially my neck pain, and I know I would not have been able to perform to my everyday work functions without the treatment I received."
    John Doe / Portland, OR
  • "As a court reporter, using my hands to type on a daily basis is a requirement. The work is speedy and can often last for hours at a time. Several months ago, every movement I made became excruciatingly painful. I started seeing Gabriel and got started on a program that helped right away. The doctor stressed the importance of my posture and proper hand and arm placement."
    Jane Smith / Portland, OR
  • "I have benefited tremendously from the chiropractic care I received from Gabriel. Not only has the adjustments helped alleviate my stiffness and aches, but it has helped me have more energy and just feel more balanced over all. A few months ago, I was able to resume a favorite hobby of mine - golf. Due to my previous pain, I never thought that’d be possible."
    Kelly McDonald / Portland, OR