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Degenerative Disc Disease Treatment in Apple Valley

Your discs are like cushiony areas between your vertebrae; the discs create that space where your nerve comes out. When that disc deteriorates, whether it’s from an injury or degeneration (due to wear and tear over the years), it decreases the space between your vertebrae, so there will also be less space for that nerve to come out.

Dr Pam with patientWhile nearly everyone’s discs break down over time, not everyone feels pain. If worn-out spinal discs are the reason you’re in pain, you have degenerative disc disease, which affects about 60 percent of the population.

Common Symptoms

Most people with disc degeneration likely experience stiffness, particularly in the morning, and stiffness after activities. Nagging, deep aches are also common. Depending on the amount of degeneration, some people have some radicular pain (pain in their hips, legs, feet, etc.) in addition to their back pain.

What to Expect

At Lifeway Chiropractic and Wellness, we offer treatment for degenerative disc disease. First, our doctors will take your history, ask certain questions, then perform an exam. If she thinks it’s important to take X-rays, she will send you out for them to determine what the actual disc spaces look like.

How We Address Disc Degeneration


There are three types of movement to help with degenerative disc disease:

  • Everyday movement, such as exercises and stretches
  • The specific movement of a chiropractic adjustment
  • Decompression movement that will open up the discs and relieve that nerve pressure, and get everything within the joint moving


It’s true that we are what we eat. So the cleaner, the better we eat, the better that’s going to help decrease inflammation in our body. We can also recommend nutritional supplements that can help with that.

Moist heat

Moist heat is great for any type of degeneration. This heat will go into the tissues and open up the blood vessels. The blood will bring nutrition to the joint, and the disc can carry waste products away.

Book an Appointment

If you’re suffering from disc degeneration, contact us today to schedule an appointment.



Degenerative Disc Disease Treatment Apple Valley MN | (612) 508-2454