Degenerative Disc Disease

Degenerative disc disease (DDD) is a spine condition characterized by the breakdown of one or more spinal discs. The intervertebral disks are essential in acting as a cushion between the vertebrae. Thus, when one or more breaks down, it causes constant chronic lower back pain.


Many of the old age citizens of St.Paul, MN and Lakeville, MN come for chiropractic care at Lake Marion Chiropractic Center as a last resort. The traditional treatment for degenerative disk disease mostly involves the management of pain. This is not a long-lasting solution.

Chiropractic care is a better alternative as it seeks to address the root cause of the problem.

Here is an outline of what it entails:

Initial Assessment

Once you walk into our branches at St Paul, MN or Lakeville, MN, the chiropractor will assess one of 3 causes of lower back pain:

All the above are causes of lower back pain and thus need to be ruled out.

So How Exactly Does the Chiropractor Determine Whether You Have DDD?

The initial assessment aims to collect as much information about your medical history. The chiropractor will ask for scans if available and a history of medication taken. They then do their own evaluation by asking questions about the type of pain, the location, and things that aggravate the pain. The chiropractor may then perform a few tests to confirm that you are suffering from DDD. Once our St.Paul, MN and Lakeville, MN chiropractors determine that you have DDD, treatment can start.

Chiropractic Treatment for Lower Back Pain from DDD

The main goal of chiropractic care in DDD treatment is to improve the spine's movement that doesn't cause inflammation. Some of the methods used at our St.Paul, MN and Lakeville, MN branches include:

  • Spinal manipulation: This includes techniques such as flexion-distraction and instrument-assisted manipulation.
  • Manual techniques: These are techniques that help reduce the symptoms of DDD. May be in the form of therapeutic massages, soft tissue therapy, trigger point therapy, and manual joint stretching.
  • Interferential electrical stimulation: This is a method that utilizes a low frequency current to relax the muscles.
  • Ultrasound therapy: Ultrasounds can help reduce muscle spasm and stiffness around the affected joint.

Treatment for Lower Back Pain as a Result of DDD

If you are looking for treatment for DDD, call Lake Marion Chiropractic Center. We are an accredited chiropractic clinic located in St. Paul, MN and Lakeville, MN. All our professionals are highly trained individuals with years of experience in providing services for DDD patients.

Contact any of our branches today and book an appointment.


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