Degenerative Disc Disease

Degenerative Disc Disease


Discs are cartilaginous structures that separate vertebrae, the bones of the spine. They act as spinal shock absorbers.  Just as shocks can blow out in a car, so can the discs in your back.   As we age our discs lose the ability to stay as hydrated and “cushy,” thus they lose height and the spaces between the vertebrae diminish. Degenerative disc disease is a term to describe an overall loss of disc height and slight tearing of the disc due to age-related changes.


  • Pain when sitting or standing for prolonged periods
  • Relief with frequent changes of position, walking, or moving
  • Pain with bending over, lifting, and twisting activities and positions
  • Numbness and tingling in the extremities
  • Relief when lying down

What to Expect at Therapy

A therapist will evaluate your posture, flexibility, strength, sensation, spinal mobility, and balance. The therapist will discuss your goals and aim to get you pain relief and give you tips on managing your symptoms. Treatments may include the use of therapeutic modalities, hands-on manual therapy techniques, posture education, therapeutic exercise, and instruction in safe lifting.

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