Degenerative Disc Disease
Degenerative Disc Disease is a process where the intervertebral disc begins to lose height and hydration. The discs are like a shock absorber for the spine. They provide cushioning while also providing movement of the vertebra of the spine. While there is no specific cause of DDD, it is usually associated with the aging process. Everyone will experience some disc degeneration in their life. Some people will never know they have it, sometimes it does cause people pain. Having a thorough assessment can rule in or out DDD as your pain generator.
How KCR can help!
At Kalamazoo Chiropractic & Rehabilitation, you will be taken through a thorough medical history and full body assessment to make sure you receive a proper diagnosis. In most cases, treatment will begin on your first visit once we decide that conservative care (i.e. without the use of surgery, drugs, or injections) is right for you.
A majority of muscle, joint, and nerve pain can be resolved quickly -within days to weeks- with a proper movement assessment and treatment strategy. If your pain changes while moving this is typically a sign that movement
Dr. Kopp uses a combination of Mechanical Diagnosis & Therapy (McKenzie Method) and Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS) to assess and treat both pain from DDD and the function of the spine as a whole.
Once we have found a movement or movements that decrease your symptoms and improve how your body is functioning, you are on the way to living life the way you want! If your condition is something we are unable to treat in the office, Dr. Kopp will know within the first few visits. He will then recommend the correct medical provider that can find a solution for you.