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Degenerative Disc Disease

Specialists in Treating Degenerative Disc Disease in Bellingham, WA

Degenerative disc disease is when natural changes in the discs of your spine cause pain. The discs between vertebrae act as shock absorbers for your spine, and as you age, they begin to lose flexibility. While this is a normal part of aging, it should not cause pain. If you experience pain due to this, it is classified as degenerative disc disease.

What to Know About Degenerative Disc Disease

Each disc is composed of a sturdy outer wall and a soft, gel-like inner core. When we are born, these discs are primarily composed of water, but as age advances, the discs lose some of this water content and begin to get thinner. As you might imagine, this means each disc doesn’t absorb the shocks of everyday life as well.

Symptoms of Degenerative Disc Disease can include:

  • Pain that is worse when sitting
  • Feeling better while walking
  • Feeling better while laying down

A method of treatment that we offer for degenerative disc disease is Enriched Plasma services. This has been successfully used in many studies to reduce pain due to degenerative disc disease. 

If you’re living with degenerative disc disease, contact Salish Integrated Medical to schedule an appointment.

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