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Chiropractic for Degenerative Disc Disease

Chiropractic treatment can offer relief for people suffering from degenerative disc disease (DDD). This approach focuses on spinal manipulation to improve comfort and mobility. Many patients find this method helpful in managing pain and stiffness associated with the condition.

What Is Degenerative Disc Disease?

Degenerative disc disease refers to the condition where spinal discs wear down over time. As these discs deteriorate, they lose their ability to act as cushions for the spine. A chiropractor for degenerative disc disease can play a major role in managing this condition. Through spinal adjustments and manipulation, a chiropractor aims to improve spinal alignment and overall spinal function. 

These adjustments can help in maintaining better spinal health and may assist in managing the progression of disc degeneration. Even more, a chiropractor often uses various techniques that promote a more active and functional spine, aiding in overall body wellness. This form of care provides a non-surgical approach to maintaining spinal health as one ages.

What Causes Degenerative Disc Disease?

Degenerative disc disease is primarily caused by the natural aging process. As people age, their spinal discs, which act as cushions between the vertebrae, start to wear out and lose their flexibility. This happens because the discs begin to lose fluid, making them less effective at absorbing shocks. In addition to aging, factors like daily physical activity, sports, and manual labor can accelerate disc wear and tear. 

Smoking and obesity also contribute to the faster degeneration of these discs because they reduce blood supply to the spine and add extra stress, respectively. Genetics can play a role as well. Some people may be more predisposed to this condition due to their family history. Environmental and lifestyle choices may also impact the health of spinal discs.

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Degenerative Disc Disease Symptoms

Degenerative disc disease leads to various symptoms that can affect daily life. The severity and type of symptoms can vary widely among individuals but the most common are:

  • Back or neck pain. This is often the primary symptom, which might worsen with activities like bending or lifting. 
  • Radiating pain. Pain may extend from the affected area to the arms or legs, especially if nerve roots are compressed. Chiropractic for knee pain may help in such cases. 
  • Stiffness. The spine may feel stiff, limiting flexibility and making certain movements difficult.
  • Numbness or tingling. These sensations can occur in the limbs if the nerves are impacted by the degenerating discs.
  • Weakness. Muscles served by the affected nerves might weaken, affecting the ability to carry objects or perform tasks that require strength.

These symptoms reflect the progressive nature of degenerative disc disease, influencing mobility and everyday comfort.

Things to Avoid with Degenerative Disc Disease

Before starting degenerative disc disease treatment, there are certain activities and habits you should avoid to manage the condition effectively. Heavy lifting and high-impact exercises can exacerbate the wear and tear on your spinal discs, so these should be as limited as possible. Poor posture, especially while sitting for extended periods, also puts additional strain on the spine, and should be corrected to reduce stress on the discs. 

Smoking is another factor to avoid as it decreases blood flow to the spine, slowing down healing processes and potentially worsening the condition. Additionally, maintaining a healthy weight is very important, as excess body weight can increase the load on your spine, leading to more significant degeneration over time.

Treatment for degenerative disc disease

Chiropractic Treatments for Degenerative Disc Disease

Effective treatment for degenerative disc disease is very important as it helps manage pain, maintain mobility, and improve overall quality of life. Among the various options, chiropractic care stands out as one of the best. Chiropractic treatments for degenerative disc disease focus on reducing spinal pressure and improving alignment, which can significantly relieve discomfort. 

These treatments, which are part of broader degenerative disc disease therapies, include manual adjustments and other non-invasive techniques. By restoring proper spinal function and reducing nerve irritation, chiropractic care helps individuals achieve better movement and lessen pain. This holistic approach not only addresses the immediate discomfort but also aids in long-term spinal health.

Chiropractic Adjustments

A DDD chiropractor specializes in treating degenerative disc disease through chiropractic adjustments. These adjustments involve the chiropractor using their hands or specialized tools to apply controlled force to specific parts of the spine. The goal is to improve spinal alignment and function, which can help reduce the discomfort associated with DDD. By restoring proper movement and reducing nerve interference, these adjustments can aid in relieving pain and improving mobility.

Spinal Decompression

Spinal decompression is one of the degenerative disc disease chiropractic treatment techniques used to relieve pressure on the spine. This method involves stretching the spine using a traction table or similar motorized device, which can help promote the movement of water, oxygen, and nutrient-rich fluids into the discs so they can heal. Through gentle stretching, spinal decompression aims to create negative pressure within the disc, which can help retract or reposition the disc material. This reduces pressure on the nerves and other structures in your spine.

Therapeutic Massage

Therapeutic massage is a very effective technique used in treating chiropractic for degenerative disc disease. It involves the manipulation of soft tissues to improve circulation, reduce muscle tension, and promote relaxation. This method helps address pain by improving blood flow, which aids in the healing and maintenance of the spinal discs. It not only addresses the pain directly associated with degenerative disc disease but also helps manage the stress and stiffness that often accompany it.

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Benefits of Chiropractic Care for Degenerative Disc Disease

Chiropractic care offers several benefits when managed by a degenerative disc disease chiropractor. Here are some key advantages of using chiropractic care:

  1. Pain Relief. Chiropractic adjustments can reduce the pressure on affected discs and nerves, leading to significant pain reduction.
  2. Improved Mobility. Regular treatments can help improve flexibility and range of motion, making daily activities easier and less painful.
  3. Non-Invasive Solution. Chiropractic care provides a non-surgical option to manage and treat spinal issues related to degenerative disc disease.
  4. Enhanced Spine Health. Continuous chiropractic care helps maintain spine alignment, which can prevent further degeneration of spinal discs.

For the maximum result of such treatment it is recommended to seek help of a licensed and experienced chiropractor.

Degenerative Disc Disease Treatment at Cross-Up Chiropractic

At Cross-Up Chiropractic we provide our patients with a comprehensive approach that combines the latest chiropractic techniques with personalized care plans. This ensures that each patient’s specific needs are addressed effectively to achieve the best possible outcomes. One of the key benefits is use of state-of-the-art technology for diagnosis and treatment, which allows for precise adjustments. 

At our chiropractic clinic we also offer flexible scheduling and a supportive environment, making it convenient for our patients to receive regular treatments. All in all, Cross-Up Chiropractic is committed to your spinal health and helping you lead a more active, pain-free life.

  • Dr. Jack Rieke

    Dr. Rieke is always looking to build on the tools and resources he can use to provide the best care in Chiropractic and Physical Medicine. Prior to becoming a Chiropractor, he studied Movement Sciences in Kinesiology at the University of Illinois Chicago. He enjoys reading, writing, playing golf, exericse, and heart-brain coherence.

Chiropractor – Reviews

Irene DiazIrene Diaz
19:46 04 May 24
Dr Peyton is awesome. She made me feel comfortable knowing that I have not been to a Chiropractor in years. My visits are helping me with my lower back & neck pain. Only 2 visits so far and I feel amazing. The information she provides me is so informative. I am so grateful to her and I will continue to go back. Body is feeling so much better.
Brian SneddenBrian Snedden
19:36 24 Apr 24
The owner Jack is a highly educated and passionate Dr. He puts in a lot of time and patience to try to develop a plan that will help rehabilitate his patients. I highly recommend giving this place a try if you're looking to feel better and develop better foundational solutions to your pain / ailments relating to his services offered.
Katy BoyackKaty Boyack
19:04 14 Mar 24
Dr. Jack’s expertise combined with his manual therapy skills and kindness make for the best chiro experience. His treatment is invaluable!!
Matt MartelloMatt Martello
16:34 11 Mar 24
Dr. Jack is the man with the plan for pain!
carlos palmercarlos palmer
00:36 06 Mar 24
As always excellent treatment. Very attentive , professional and great results
Colin LaneColin Lane
01:03 06 Feb 24
Evan ReynoldsEvan Reynolds
15:07 03 Feb 24
Great place & people
Atul MistryAtul Mistry
16:20 10 Jan 24
Dr. Rieke has magic hand👍
Eunice YehEunice Yeh
16:55 08 Jan 24
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22:21 03 Jan 24
Nazmus SakibNazmus Sakib
03:21 16 Dec 23
Terri RozaTerri Roza
20:10 07 Dec 23
Dr. Jack is an excellent practitioner and well schooled in the mechanics and physics of the body. One treatment and I feel much better.
Carmen MelendezCarmen Melendez
17:12 01 Nov 23
I had my first appointment with Dr. Peyton today and already know my care is in the right hands. I will be working with her on my chiropractic needs and fertility acupuncture. She is knowledgeable, kind and genuinely cares.
JP NachoJP Nacho
00:07 05 Oct 23
Ok. So the doctor knows his stuff, and willing to share it on a level that means something. Took care of the worst pain and numbness to my right leg I have ever had. The exercise routine he has given me, will change my muscle issues for the better and I believe, how I will age.
Irisa CowoIrisa Cowo
14:34 22 Aug 23
Ann Marie EstradaAnn Marie Estrada
17:01 15 Aug 23
Dr. Jack is very professional, knowledgeable and is a phenomenal human being.His staff and office are very inviting.I highly recommend this chiropractor. I’ve been to quite a few, but I drive to 2 1/2 hours to get to him.When I leave, I’m leaving with exercise and feeling like a new person.Can’t wait for my next visit!
Eman EmadEman Emad
19:56 09 Aug 23
Best Chiropractor i’ve had in years
Angel LozanoAngel Lozano
18:03 29 Jul 23
Great service, walked in hurting and left feeling great. Jack always knows how to get you moving and feeling better awesome chiropractor.
Vinay PanchalVinay Panchal
21:52 22 Jun 23
Had a amazing experience at Cross-Up! Got to work with Dr. Rieke on my sciatic pain and was thrilled to see the improvement in my symptoms after just a couple visits! He is very thorough with his care and I leave learning much more than I went in with. Highly recommend this office!
Stoned VlogsStoned Vlogs
12:21 15 Jun 23
Hands down the best chiropractor I’ve ever been to!!! Dr Jack is very knowledgeable and always thinks outside the box. His adjustments are so much more than the average chiropractor. He knows what areas to target to help get maximum relief! I have improved so much in a few sessions and am doing so much better each day!
Deanna ThomasDeanna Thomas
12:18 17 May 23
Dr. Peyton is amazing. Very compassionate and knowledgeable. You owe it to yourself to make an appointment with her.
Kimberley DiehlKimberley Diehl
15:52 14 Feb 23
I just started seeing Dr Peyton Habenicht. Initially went in just for regular chiro/adjustments but she's providing so much more.She working on my knee issues, and tight quad/hamstrings. Plus she has given me strengthening exercises to do at home between visits. Plus the adjustments. She does manual adjustments which I prefer.Office/staff is really nice. Dr is really knowledgeable, friendly, and so good! Looking forward to having acupuncture at some point too.Highly recommend.
Kevin FielderKevin Fielder
15:22 07 Jan 23
Dr. Peyton ROCKS!!! She was able to figure out a lower back/hip pain quickly and she put a therapy plan together that showed immediate results!! Thank you very much! 10 out of 10!!
Melissa ReiffMelissa Reiff
22:13 01 Dec 22
Dr Rieke is so good at what he does. The ART (what I go for) is the best therapy I have had. His verbal explanation while using his technique makes me understand what is going on and how I can help myself on a regular basis.
Sue WickstromSue Wickstrom
16:59 17 Nov 22
I have very bad back pain and saw Dr Jack for the first time and he was able to start working right away and I go some immediate relief. I understand it is still a work in progress but it was so nice to find someone that could actually help me. I tried physical therapy, injections, nothing was working. Thanks so much.
16:35 05 Oct 22
Dr. Jack is fantastic. I’ve gone in sporadically for lower back pain and with his treatment and stretches, I’m always so much better when I leave. He takes his time, really listens, and is so knowledgeable. It’s great that he gives me stretches to do at home to keep my back from acting up.
Susan ColaoSusan Colao
16:50 23 Sep 22
Dr. Jack’s expertise has been very helpful fixing and promoting healing for my sciatica problem. I started seeing him in early September following an injury in August that was significantly painful and had caused restricted mobility for weeks. My former longtime PT left the state a few years ago and I went to Dr. Jack with a high recommendation from my husband.Dr. Jack is kind, upbeat, very knowledgeable, and he has been extremely integral in helping me get through this physical issue.The office is modern, clean, and well-equipped. Staff is very friendly and efficient. I highly recommend Cross-Up Chiropractic!
Shaun CarterShaun Carter
22:12 16 Sep 22
Dr. Jack has been helping me with my wrist and knows what he's doing. So refreshing after dealing with other doctors just sending my around for x-rays, 5 minute discussions and surgery with no guarantees.
Mike SylvanMike Sylvan
00:02 13 Sep 22
Dr. Jack & Dr. Peyton are the best in town. Dr. Jack takes him time, listens and helps get to the root of the issues. I came into the office for the first time thinking I would just get a quick adjustment, but it also included stretching, exercises & treatment! These doctors genuinely care about getting you better. I highly recommend this practice. A+++
Allen VaysbergAllen Vaysberg
02:28 24 Aug 22
I absolutely LOVE this center and Dr. Jack and Dr. Payton. Our whole family goes here. Let me just say that, while I have worked with wonderful chiropractors in the past, there isn't anyone that is as comprehensive as Dr. Jack and Dr. Payton are. One recent example, I came in for an adjustment and complained of feeling sleepy and not having the clearest head. Dr. Jack analyzed and had me do a few head movements to reset (something dealing with inner ear) and my head cleared up within 2 minutes. Other recent examples - I had headaches and Dr. Jack did a TMJ adjustment that made them go away. My son had a forearm injury, Dr. Jack stepped up with Occupational Therapy. My wife is raving about Dr. Payton for help with her issues. My shoulder was hurt and Dr. Jack fixed it, etc. etc. etc. They truly are the best place to go if you're in need of a chiropractor, acupuncture, physical therapy, or nutrition. Every time I get more and more impressed. If you're in Libertyville, Vernon Hills (like I am), Mundelein, or any of the surrounding area - you really should check them out! Thank you Dr. Jack and Dr. Payton!!!
Sue Wogan WoganSue Wogan Wogan
18:57 18 Aug 22
Dr. Rieke displayed a great depth of knowledge regarding my back issue. He gave me some exercises that appear to be working. Treatment is ongoing, but I'm optimistic He appears to be both competent and confidant.
Pat MarsekPat Marsek
18:05 24 Jun 22
After calling Dr. Rieke, while in immense pain with my IT Band injury, he gave me immediate instructions about how to stabilize my injury at home until my appointment the very next morning. Once in his office, Dr. Rieke alleviated the majority of my pain during the very first visit (I crawled in, and was actually able to walk out.) He spent about an hour with me and throughout the entire visit explained the dynamics behind his methodology. It really helped to be educated about my condition which allowed me to better understand the road to recovery. Can't thank Dr. Jack enough for his knowledge and expertise – along with his compassionate bedside manner. He's a real pro!
alessandro rutiglianoalessandro rutigliano
20:49 13 Jun 22
Totally beyond my expectations. Friendly welcoming, clean and classy. Dr. Jack is knowledgeable and doesn’t miss a detail. Great asset to Libertyville.
Becky KotsinisBecky Kotsinis
14:24 19 Apr 22
The doctors here research nutrition, active release technique and LISTEN to the patient in our family. The doctors take time to communicate with the patient to understand the patient's health situation. The doctors ask the patient for feedback and use their knowledge to adapt treatment accordingly. I highly recommend!
Ralph ColaoRalph Colao
01:58 26 Mar 22
Dr Rieke was fabulous. He took the time to thoroughly review and discuss my history, asked lots of questions and really listened. His assessment included asking fur my feedback on pain, discomfort and the like. This helped him determine what was happening and what treatment was called for. I look forward to continuing our work together.
Kirsten SKirsten S
16:51 02 Mar 22
I wish I could rate more than 5 stars! I do not submit reviews often but Cross-Up Chiropractic is hands down the best Chiropractic office I have ever been to. They are the most caring doctors who listen to their patients and create plans that will fix the issue(s) long term and not put a bandaid on them. Dr. Peyton has helped me overcome injuries that I thought I would have to live in pain for the rest of my life. I always leave my appointments feeling like a new person! At every appointment I have she continues to educate me on why my pains are occurring and how we will be fixing them for a long term. She has introduced me to acupuncture, cupping and nutrition! My healthy and body are in a completely different place from where I was 4 months ago and I owe it all to Dr. Peyton! I cannot say enough amazing things about her!
Rhoda NybeckRhoda Nybeck
18:19 22 Feb 22
I was referred to Dr. Reike by a friend and I’m so happy I was. I’m a chronic pain patient with extenuating circumstances. In only two visits I have more mobility than I’ve had in 13 years!At your first opportunity, give them a call and make an appointment, you’ll be glad you did!
Lois HarvanLois Harvan
03:14 19 Feb 22
I am so satisfied with my visits..My neck pain was severe stabbing and after one session that ceased. My hands are working so much better...the swelling on the side of my left wrist is almost gone. The pain in my hands has left and I can even open a jar at dinner time with no problem That wasn't the case before. I can turn left and right in the car without bad pain. I am completely happy with my results I look foward to more help in maintaining this stabilized move forward. Thanks to Dr. Rieke my long months of pain will be in the past.
Hannah ButlerHannah Butler
21:26 13 Feb 22
I’ve been dealing with sacroiliac back pain from a back injury two years ago. One appointment with Dr. Jack helped minimize my pain immediately! I’ve treated the injury with both massages and physical therapy, and this treatment was equally as beneficial.
J ArnoldJ Arnold
05:45 07 Jan 22
Outstanding experience, solving pain from a pinched nerve after 3 doctors and several MRI’s and pain meds over nearly 10 months, all with no solution until I came here!
Talia BCTalia BC
02:44 16 Oct 21
Jack was amazing with my daughter. He spent a lot of time with her and was thorough and explained everything he did and why. He is also very knowledgeable and skilled. The whole experience was positive.
Magdalena symondsMagdalena symonds
15:50 19 Aug 21
Dr. Jack is absolutely fabulous! He took his time with me, was extremely professional and explained everything he was doing! Would definitely recommend! Thanks for fixing my back Jack! Lol
Angela RutiglianoAngela Rutigliano
16:13 01 Aug 21
Dr. Peyton Habenicht worked with me for over two hours for my first session and adjustment. She was thorough & informed me of more details regarding my injury. I really enjoyed that she taught me PT exercises that I can do from home to help speed my recovery. From the first phone conversation I could tell that she is informed & she listened to all of my concerns. If you are hesitant to see a chiropractor, don’t worry, with Dr. Peyton you are in good hands. I can see her passion and commitment to her profession. Also she charges fairly & this is refreshing. I highly recommend her!!!
Annie AzrielAnnie Azriel
20:46 09 Jul 21
Dr. Peyton and Dr. Jack are amazing! I would not go to or recommend anyone else!
Dave MarciniakDave Marciniak
04:00 15 Jun 21
Amazing first session with immediate results! THANK YOU Dr. Peyton Habenicht! Looking forward to more sessions!

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Degenerative Disc Disease Chiropractor – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Is chiropractic treatment safe for people with degenerative disc disease?

Yes, chiropractic treatment is generally considered safe for people with degenerative disc disease, provided it is performed by a licensed and experienced chiropractor. The chiropractor will assess your specific condition and customize the treatment to suit your needs and limitations.

What does a chiropractor do for degenerative disc disease?

A chiropractor treats degenerative disc disease using spinal adjustments, flexion-distraction, manual therapy, and therapeutic exercises to alleviate pain, improve spinal alignment, and enhance overall mobility. They also provide lifestyle advice to help manage symptoms and prevent further disc degeneration. Each treatment plan is tailored to the individual’s specific needs.

How many chiropractic sessions will I need?

The number of chiropractic sessions required can vary depending on the severity of your condition, your response to treatment, and your overall health. Some patients may experience relief after a few sessions, while others may need ongoing care to manage their condition effectively.

What should I do if my symptoms worsen after a chiropractic session?

If your symptoms worsen after a chiropractic session, it’s important to contact your chiropractor immediately. They may adjust your treatment plan or recommend additional diagnostic tests to better understand your condition and needs.

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Conditions We Treat With Chiropractic


Chiropractic + Rehab

Adhesive capsulitis
Bulging disc
Core stability
Degenerative disc disease
Degenerative joint disease
Difficulty walking
Disc herniation
Disc injuries
Failed back surgery
Frozen shoulder
Golfer’s/tennis elbow
Hip pain
Iliotibial band (IT) syndrome
Impingement syndromes
Jaw pain
Joint pain
Lateral/medial epicondylitis
Lower back pain
Muscle spasms
Nerve Entrapment (Numbness/Tingling)
Overuse injuries
Pinched nerves
Piriformis syndrome
Plantar fasciitis
Post-surgical back pain
Pregnancy-related back pain
Rotator cuff syndrome
Shin splints
Soft tissue adhesions
Spinal stenosis
Sprains and strains

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