Common treatment methods for treating spinal degeneration are usually a course of over-the-counter NSAIDs, such as Tylenol or Advil. If those don’t work, a more severe prescription will be given, such as muscle relaxers and opioids in some cases. In the most severe cases with degeneration and disc disease within the spine, pain management injections and/or even surgery may be prescribed. Research states that these options may offer some relief temporarily. However, they’re only addressing the symptoms.
A more conservative, natural approach, such as chiropractic combined with physical therapy can offer some really good results. Unfortunately, once degeneration has occurred in the joint or the disc, you can’t reverse time. However, you can certainly slow the degeneration process down.
Degeneration occurs over time. However, the process of degeneration is accelerated when a joint loses its range of motion and we start loading the joint really poorly. This breaks down a joint and the tissue quickly. Chiropractors specifically can restore full or at least improved range of motion within the joint and the tissue. If we supplement this with some good soft tissue work, such as myofascial trigger point therapy and some good stabilization work, we can restore a good amount of the range of motion within the joint and the tissue, which in turn can relieve symptoms and certainly slow the degeneration process down naturally.