Degenerative Disc Disease

What is Degenerative Disc Disease?

As a normal part of the aging process, the fluid-filled discs between our neck bones (vertebrae) become dehydrated and decrease in size. However, in some individuals, this change can be excessive, leading to a severe loss of the spacing between the bones. This loss can increase the bone on bone contact, create bone spurring, as well as increase pressure on joints and nerves exiting the neck. Symptoms can range from pain in the neck to symptoms into one or both arms.

How physical therapy helps

Physical therapy is a very important part in the treatment of degenerative disc disease (DDD) and degenerative joint disease (DJD). While the disease process itself cannot be changed, maintaining good posture, joint mobility, strength, and range of motion, can reduce or eliminate symptoms and help to maintain a healthier spine.

At Bay State Physical Therapy our physical therapists will personalize a treatment plan to help you feel better and return to normal activities. Call Bay State Physical Therapy today to discover how we can help you!