Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD): Is it really a disease?
Posted Jun 02 2009 4:32pm
San Francisco Chiropractor Comments:
There is a lot of debate about whether or not degenerative disc disease should be used as a medical diagnosis or not. After-all...how do you treat it? And...doesn' t everyone have it to some extent?
These are valid concerns for which the opinions are many...including mine.
For what it' s worth, here' s my opinion based on 17 years experience as a practicing chiropractor in downtown San Francisco:
I think disc degeneration, just like any other degenerative disease (heart disease, cancer, diabetes), is primarily the inner manifestation of outer circumstances. Circumstances we have control over...specifically our "Lifestyle Choices".
Sure, there are other factors such as genetics, birth trauma, environmental, and physical stresses...but your lifestyle choices are the main switch.
The food you eat (#1 factor), the amount of exercise you get, your mental and physical stress levels, the amount of sleep you get, your mattress, your pillow, the way your desk is set-up, the way you take care of your spine (center of life), if you drink, smoke, or take drugs, etc.
A healthy lifestyle can help keep everything in check...including degenerative disc disease. And chiropractic can help keep the spine in alignment which is a component of a healthy lifestyle.
So...is DDD really a diagnosis? Hey, if it helps explain whats going on why not? Is it treatable?...sure to the extent that lifestyle factors and spinal misalignment' s ( Subluxations ) are adjustable. I don' t think you can treat DDD effectively (long term) with medications...but that' s just me.
So there you have it...take it for what it' s worth...and get regular chiropractic adjustments...if anything can help control DDD it' s chiropractic.