I have been providing treatment for degenerative disc disease in San Francisco for almost 20 years now in the Financial District. So I consider myself an expert.
Most experts opine that a certain amount of disc degeneration is a normal part of the aging process…and so do I. However, our spinal discs are living tissue and thus thrive and function at optimum levels when the conditions are right.
The inter-vertebral discs have two primary functions:
- Function as a ligament to hold the vertebrae above and below together while giving the spine flexibility.
- Act as a shock absorber for normal spine and body motion.
In order for a spinal disc to remain healthy, the bones it holds together need to be able to move through their normal ranges of motion. Discs are avascular by design, so they have no direct blood supply…but at the same time, in order to be healthy, they need to receive nutrients from the blood and pass waste products. This process occurs with spinal motion. It actually has it’s own name “Imbibition”.
When the bones of the spine lose their normal alignment from poor posture, sports injuries, auto accidents, physical demands, stresses of life, whatever…it sets the stage for degenerative disc disease and spinal degeneration.
Just like when your car is out of alignment it sets the stage for your tires to wear abnormally. We are talking about living tissue though…so there’s more to it.
If this process occurs inside an unhealthy body…say someone that smokes, has a poor diet, and other bad habits…well, just like other diseases of excess, it can make your spinal degeneration and disc disease worse. After-all, conditions like heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, are mostly the result of poor lifestyle choices resulting in degenerative processes to organ tissue. The discs of the spine live inside the body too…and they prefer a clean house.
There is also a hereditary component to degeneration of the discs. This is controversial but recent research suggest it’s true.
In any case, depending on how much the discs have degenerated…the patients age, over-all health and lifestyle…disc degeneration can be treated. In fact, chiropractors have great success treating degenerative disc disease.
At our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center we use a combination of chiropractic adjustments, spinal decompression therapy, deep tissue laser, and exercise to manage spine and disc degeneration. We also help patients make better lifestyle choices such as diet and exercise. I prefer a plant based diet.
So yes, degeneration of the spine and disc degeneration is treatable. We can often stop the degenerative process in it’s tracks and even reverse some of the damage that has already been done. I never pre-judge what is possible, because I have seen some amazing changes on x-ray.
So…if you are looking for disc disease treatment in San Francisco, and would like to talk about your back condition or neck pain….we would love to meet with you.
Simply call our Spinal Decompression Clinic in San Francisco at 415-392-2225. Mention this blog post for a complimentary consultation.