What is Degenerative Disc Disease?
Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD) is a common condition that affects many adults age 50 and older. While it may sound disturbing, disc degeneration is actually a natural part of aging where the discs between the vertebrae in the spine begin to lose cushioning, become fragmented and in some cases herniation occurs.
As people age, the discs in the spine weaken due to decreased blood flow and nutrients to the discs. This makes the disc vulnerable to damage from strain or injuries. The neck and lower back are the two most common areas for degenerative disc disease due to their constant twisting, bending and motion. As the discs weaken they compress and bulge resulting in a loss of disc space which can be verified through X-Ray imaging.
There are four phases of degenerative disc disease.
The first phase is “normal” where the vertebrae are smooth and healthy allowing equal spacing of the discs and proper curvature of the spine. The nerves are allowed to flow without interference and do not send pain signals to the brain.
The second phase usually begins with a vertebra that is out of alignment. Untreated this can cause calcium deposits and bone spurs over time. The surfaces of the vertebrae can become rough and uneven, eventually causing the discs to compress and lose fluid along with their cushions. The nerves become irritated and send pain signals, which may become chronic.
In the third phase, the degenerative process accelerates and causes a loss of bone mass. The discs start to collapse and the vertebrae begin to fuse. Symptoms will start becoming more severe.
In the final stage of degeneration, bones are fused together and joints are immobilized. Nerve and tissue damage are increasingly severe.
What are Symptoms of Degenerative Disc Disease?
Pain at the site of the damaged disc
Pain radiating along the nerves extending from the spine
Degeneration in the neck (cervical disc disease) may result in pain, stiff neck, muscle weakness, tingling or numbness in the shoulders, back of arms, forearms, wrists and fingers
Degeneration in the lower back (lumbar spinal deterioration) may result in pain, weakness, numbness or discomfort in the buttocks, legs and feet
Degeneration in the middle back (thoracic spinal deterioration) is uncommon but symptoms may present themselves in the abdomen, chest or lower extremities.
How Renuva Treats Degenerative Disc Disease:
To key to treating Degenerative Disc Disease is to stop the degeneration and even correct some of it, when possible. This is why many other treatments don’t work. Supplements, medications, injections, and even surgery don’t correct the fundamental degeneration issue occurring in the spine. In order to treat the cause of pain and slow the process of spinal degeneration, Renuva has a very specific five phase treatment protocol called CoreCare.
The CoreCare protocol treats the source of the pain by restoring the space between the disc and the natural curvature of the spine, removing pressure on the nerves, and reducing inflammation. CoreCare also works to improve structure and strength to fight against and prevent degenerative related conditions that cause pain. This involves increasing range of motion in the spine, strengthening the muscles in the core, and improving posture.