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Degenerative Joint / Disc Disease

Degenerative Joint / Disc DiseaseChronic in nature, these conditions develop over time and can affect everyone from competitive athletes to more sedentary office workers.

Though they most often develop in the 5th decade of life, arthritis, and degenerative disc disease can also start in the teenage years and affect men and women equally. A direct result of aberrant pressure, bone will adapt to the loads it is placed under, which is not always advantageous to movement.

If loading on a particular bone increases, the bone will remodel itself over time to become stronger and resist excess pressure, resulting in degenerative joint disease (DJD) or degenerative disc disease (Wolff’s Law). Symptoms of arthritis or joint disease include joint stiffness in the morning and deep, localized pain. DJD of the spine can affect the joints, the discs, and the nerves.

Our Approach

Traditional therapies such as ice, heat, rest, stretching, exercise, and pain medication can be helpful. As the spinal joint complex loses motion, the soft tissue structures that surround the joint and spine will remain under constant spasm, restricting daily movements such as getting out of bed, putting on shoes, getting out of a car, and looking over your shoulder.

Our specialists will assess the overall quality of your soft tissue structure and spinal movement, including a thorough orthopedic, neurological, and biomechanical evaluation.

Spinal manipulation, Cox Spinal Decompression Therapy, may be implemented to help restore movement in your spine. Soft tissue therapies such as Active Release Techniques®, Graston Technique®, and Fascial Manipulation will be used to reduce the symptoms of disc disease. Further imaging such as x-ray, MRI, EMG could be ordered to assess the overall nature of your condition.     

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