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Degenerative Disc Disease – Head & Neck

Degenerative disc disease is one of the most common forms of neck pain.   

Causes: The specific cause of degenerative disc disease is still unknown.

Symptoms: Symptoms can include pain and possibly shooting pain, tingling, numbness and weakness of the hand and arm. The pain, described as an ache, can be low-grade and continuous, but occasionally may be worsened. Can also be aggravated by some movement including bending, twisting and lifting.

Examples: Disc bulge, disc herniation.

How our experts can help: Typically, these patients may be co-managed. However, depending on the findings of the history and patient examination, the chiropractor will recommend an individualized plan of management. The treatment options may include:

  • Patient education and reassurance
  • Manipulation or mobilization of association joints
  • Soft tissue therapy of surrounding musculature
  • Traction
  • Modalities including electrical stimulation, acupuncture, ultrasound and others
  • Rehabilitation and exercises
  • Ergonomic and lifestyle changes
  • Referral and co-management
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