Dr. Mary Jean Negri
My mother was diagnosed with cervical degenerative disk disease and she is 80 years old. How is degenerative disc disease treated in older adults? There are 4 stages of DDD. At her age, it could just be maintenance of symptoms and keeping it from getting worse. You can try decompression, muscle therapies, some try laser therapies, and of course chiropractic adjustments.
Other things she could do at home:
- Reduce stress
- Avoid or quit smoking
- Stay well hydrated
- Reduce your alcohol consumption
- Maintain a healthy weight through good nutrition and exercise
- Invest on a good-quality supportive mattress
Have a great day!
I would need to see recent X-rays to check the severity of the degeneration. We can also take X-rays in our office and sit down and review treatment options together. Gentle adjustments can be done to keep joints moving and help the surrounding spine stay healthy. We have ultrasound therapy, which helps regenerate tissue and flush out inflammation.
The symptoms caused by DDD are usually from nerve irritation, increased tension in muscles and ligaments and most common is simple loss of motion of the spine. Chiropractic has been helpful by being able to improve spinal mobility and reduce tension in the muscles and ligaments which also helps relieve nerve involvement. Mild chiropractic manipulation, and in your mother's case I would recommend a chiropractor that uses the Activator Method for spinal manipulation, in conjunction with a soft tissue technique of Active Release or Myofascial release.
Gentle insturmental adjustments, massage to relax the cervical musculature and drink plenty of water. Hope this helps.
Yours in health,