Taking Control of Your Health: Slowing Down the Degenerative Process

Bottom Line:

The dreaded degenerative disc disease. Well, it may not be so dreaded after all. You may be surprised to learn that degenerative disc disease is a part of the normal aging process. As we age, our discs lose some of their water content and become less supple. This makes them appears darker on an MRI. And when they appear darker on MRI, you guessed it; they are labeled as degenerative.

Why it Matters:

Just because all of us will experience degenerative disc disease as we age doesn’t mean that process is the same for everyone. Research has shown that by taking a pro-active approach with your spinal health, you may be able to slow down the degenerative process.

  • Degenerative changes are part of the normal aging process due to the weight of gravity, injuries, and
    repetitive stress on your spine.
  • Researchers have found a correlation between the amount of arthritis in the spine and the severity of
    degenerative changes.
  • Stretching, exercising (regional motion) and chiropractic care (segmental motion) are thought to improve
    spinal biomechanics and may slow down the degenerative process.

Next Steps:

New research has shown that degenerative changes accelerate on joints that aren’t moving correctly. We encourage you to take control of your spinal health with exercise, stretching, and even periodic chiropractic adjustments. By keeping your spine moving, you will have the best opportunity to slow down the aging process while feeling great every step of the way.

Science Source(s):

Do modic changes, disc degeneration, translation and angular motion affect facet osteoarthritis of the lumbar spine.
European Journal of Radiology. 2018

Dr Bond

About Dr Bond

Hi there, I’m Dr Bond (Bondy to my friends), the owner here at The Back Dr. I’m a chiropractor, business owner, father, weekend warrior bike rider and all round lover of life. If you’re experiencing back pain, feeling older than your age or if you looking for guidance on how to look good, feel great & function better, then you sound like someone I’d love to work with. I’ve been a Chiropractor now for 25 years…ouch, that went fast. I know this might sound like a cliche but I really just love helping people with cranky backs. It makes my heart smile (and after 25 years of practice I’m getting pretty good too).

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