Preventing Degenerative Disc Disease

Bottom Line:
Degenerative disc disease is a condition that can affect your spinal discs as you age. Due to stress and injury throughout your life, your spinal discs may begin to deteriorate and cause pain. Unfortunately, there is no way to completely prevent degenerative disc disease, but researchers have discovered a few ways that you may be able to slow down the process.

Why it Matters:
The curves of your spine are designed to balance and distribute the load placed on your spinal discs by gravity. Several studies have found that changes to the curves of your spine may result in a higher likelihood of experiencing back pain. We recommend taking proactive steps to maintain a strong and flexible spine like daily exercise, stretching, and periodic chiropractic adjustments.

Here are three key action steps you can take to slow down degenerative disc disease:

  • Stop Smoking – According to medical researchers, there is an association between smoking and degenerative disc disease. Smoking could even cause the condition to become worse and more painful.
  • Live an Active Lifestyle – To keep your spinal discs healthy, you need to incorporate an active lifestyle. Focus on taking the proactive steps mentioned above: exercise daily, stretch and see your chiropractor.
  • Pay Attention to Your Nutrition – You need the right nutrition to maintain the proper function of your discs, bones, and other areas of your body. Your diet should include a good balance of minerals, vitamins, and omega fatty acids.

Next Steps:
Getting older doesn’t mean that you are destined to suffer from the effects of degenerative disc disease. By taking a proactive approach with your spinal health today, you can give yourself the best opportunity to stay active and pain-free for years to come. To learn more about how to live an active lifestyle, visit our Facebook page today!

Science Source:
(1) Sagittal Balance Parameters Correlate With Spinal Conformational Type and MRI Changes in Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease: Results of a Retrospective Study. European Journal of Orthopedic Surgery & Traumatology 2016.

by Christopher Freytag, D.C.

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