Degenerative Disc Disease

Degenerative disc disease develops in everyone as they age, but it doesn’t always cause symptoms. Some adults may have mild degeneration and little pain, while others will develop pain so severe that it’s disabling. Dr. Joe Colopy at Colopy Chiropractic and Wellness Center in Arlington, Texas offers diverse chiropractic treatments and physical therapy that can help relieve pain and improve motion.

Degenerative Disc Disease Q&A

What is degenerative disc disease?

Degenerative disc disease gradually develops over time as spinal discs break down. Degenerative changes in discs are related to age and the cumulative wear-and-tear from years of bearing weight, injury, and misuse.

Since each disc fills the space between the bones (vertebrae) that form your spine, their degeneration affects the structure and function of the spine. Some people with disc degeneration never develop symptoms, some only have mild pain, and others will experience very intense pain.

While degenerative disc disease can occur anywhere along the spine, it most commonly develops in the lumbar spine (or lower back). Once a disc begins to deteriorate, it doesn’t heal. You can’t reverse the degeneration process, but with chiropractic care you’ll alleviate the pain and may stop degeneration from getting worse.


What is the difference between disc degeneration and bone degeneration?

Spinal discs are unique structures that have an inner gelatinous core surrounded by a tough outer cover. They’re tucked between vertebra, where they serve as shock absorbers and prevent the vertebral bones from rubbing together every time you move.

Discs degenerate on their own regardless of the health of the surrounding vertebral bones. For example, the discs may slowly lose water as they age, or small tears can develop in the outer covering that allow the gel-like center to squeeze out.

However, disc degeneration can cause or hasten bone degeneration such as:

  • Spinal stenosis: Spine degeneration that leads to pinched nerves
  • Osteoarthritis of the spine: Bone rubs against bone due to loss of cartilage
  • Spondylolisthesis: Facet joints on vertebrae degenerate, causing spinal misalignment


How does chiropractic care relieve pain caused by disc degeneration?

Chiropractic manipulation and spinal decompression can realign the vertebrae, which improves motion, relieves pain, and frees blood flow that may have been interrupted by a degenerated disc. As a result, more nutrients and fluids flow into the area, while wastes flow out.

Physical therapy also helps treat degenerative disc disease. Structured exercise is used to increase flexibility of the spine and to strengthen and stretch the lower back muscles.

Many different techniques are available to relieve degenerative disc disease. Depending on the severity of your conditions, Dr. Colopy may perform or recommend:

  • Trigger point therapy
  • Manual joint stretching techniques
  • Spinal Decompression
  • Personalized home exercise program
  • Take home personal EMS units

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

Most insurance plans are accepted at Colopy Chiropractic. We accept auto accidents and personal injury cases that have resulted in back pain, neck pain, headaches, or other related pain conditions. Because there are so many insurance plans out there, and because coverage for chiropractic care varies widely, our office will verify your plans chiropractic benefits following your initial visit. At this time, we are not accepting Medicare and Medicaid.


Colopy Chiropractic & Wellness Center
5717 SW Green Oaks Blvd.
Arlington, TX 76017
Phone: 682-238-0625


Monday  8AM – 10AM  //  2PM – 6PM

Tuesday  8AM – 10AM  // 2PM – 6PM

Wednesday  8AM – 10AM  //  2PM – 6PM

Thursday  2PM – 6PM

Friday  8AM -10AM

Saturday  Closed

Sunday  Closed