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Degenerative Disc Disease Debunked

Updated: Aug 2, 2023

Degenerative disc disease (DDD) is a condition that occurs when the discs in your spine break down over time. These discs act as shock absorbers between the vertebrae, or bones, in your spine.

DDD is a NORMAL condition. As you age, your discs lose fluidity and therefore decrease in height. Therefore, DDD can be compared to getting gray hairs. It is nothing to fret about, rather just a normal aging process.

While DDD is normal, there are some ways to delay and conserve disc height:

🚴 Stay active. Exercise can help to strengthen the muscles around your spine and improve your flexibility.

🚶‍♂️ Maintain a healthy weight. Excess weight puts extra stress on your spine.

💧 Drink Water. Water is the main component that makes up your discs. Drinking plenty of water throughout your entire life can help prolong your disc height

🥱 Get enough sleep. Sleep helps your body to heal and repair itself.

🌻 Manage stress. Stress can worsen the symptoms of DDD.

If you are experiencing low back pain, neck pain, or other symptoms, we would love to help you! Give us a call today at (615)-900-5187 or visit our website to schedule an appointment.

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