Degenerative Disc Disease

Degenerative disc disease is a condition when normal changes take place in the discs of your spine and can sometimes cause you pain. These discs act as shock-absorbers for your spine. They help your back be flexible and as you get older they start showing signs of the years of labor, the small injuries, and life. This is a normal process. If not managed properly more severe conditions may develop. Taking proper care of your spine can help slow the degenerative process and reduce pain.

Patients We’ve Helped

“Dr. Marston is amazing! Simply the best!”

Summer 2017

“Dr Marston is thorough in his diagnosis and treatment. His adjustments are gentle and effective.”

Gregory 2016

“Dr. Marston office is very nice and is an easy to find location. He uses several different techniques to adjust the body.”

Robin 2017

“My experience at Florence Carlton Chiropractic was a refreshing one. Dr. Marston actually took a lot of time with me to get to the heart of my physical issues. He did not try to rush me out the door like every other office I have been to. His care was thorough and brought much needed relief. The office is a very warm and welcoming environment.”

Mike 2017

“I was having back pain. I also have arthritis in my right foot really bad because I have broken the foot about 3 times. Anyways, my mom was seeing Dr. Marston and she told me to start going to him. So I did and ever since then, my pain in my back is gone, my foot pain has gone down by at least 75% and he is also helping me with my weight. He is just a really cool Doctor. He is amazing at what he does!”

Brittany 11/21/14

“Friendly service! I appreciate the good attitude when I see him and how he is concerned about fixing my problems. I am never disappointed with a visit!”

Rustin H.

“Dr. Marston was really nice and asked me to describe my back pain. He seemed to know exactly what my problem was after a short consultation and made sure I was comfortable the entire time. My back feels great now.”

Julie

“I have always found Dr. Marston to be very kind, thoughtful, and professional. Thank you for all you do for me.”

JoAnn T.

“I have always been nervous to get adjusted by a chiropractor but you were very gentle and quick. You were able to help me with an issue that I have had for years with just one treatment and thanks!”

Minnette M.

“I was rather apprehensive about seeing a chiropractor for the first time. However, Dr. Marston took the time to completely put me at ease and asked specific questions about my neck and back problems. Every adjustment I have received has left me feeling better than I felt before. You’ll be pleased with the quality and level of care you’ll receive from Dr. Marston. I know I am.”

Kristie

“I am a patient of Dr. Marston. In years past I was always a little afraid of being handled and adjusted. Dr. Marston was patient and used the activator on me and I loved it. As time went on, his gentle and terrific bedside manner enabled me to now let him adjust my neck by his hands. He is a great Doctor and I could see anyone going to him. Children included.”

Vickie

“I threw my back out and was in incredible pain. Dr Marston was amazing with his patience and kindness and understanding. He worked with my muscles and got my back and hips back where they should be. I continued daily care and within a week it was as if it never happened. Dr. Marston is very knowledgeable and kind. I will highly recommend him to anyone!!

Anonymous 08/19/15

“I was literally a train wreck of pain and miss-alignment on my first visit and was incredibly relieved & realigned after just a few sessions! I have seen chiropractors on & off for 25+ years and know that he is seriously the “REAL DEAL” of holistic health care! I refuse to see another chiropractor and drive from Hamilton every week to Florence (Initially 2X’s per week) Passing up 10 other practices in route. He is intuitive and really listens; he is willing to treat everything that is sore in one visit. He cares and truly wants to help you. Thank God for him!”

Anonymous

“Dr. Marston is the best chiropractor I have ever gone to and I’ve been seeing chiropractors for over 30 years. I was going to a young chiropractor in Missoula. Right away he messed my hips up and left me in severe pain. He tried for six months to put my hips back in the right position for my body (I had one short leg) but he couldn’t get my hips adjusted right. I then came to Dr. Marston and he fixed my hips in one visit. He is professional and someone that I admire very much. Thank you Dr. Marston for making my quality of life so much better for myself and my husband.”

Diana D 9/7/15

“Dr. Marston has helped my family so much. He has helped with backs, whip-lash from an accident, to relieving pain in knees and ankles. He is my family’s first call when my family has an ache or pain or just to maintain our health.”

Lora A 7/7/15

“I have had constant back pain for 20+ years. Have had many chiropractic adjustments for some relief. Always have taken Motrin for pain relief daily. After a month of twice weekly treatments with Dr. Marston, I’m standing straighter, have more flexibility, less pain and off the Motrin. Feels great to feel good again!

John P 6/9/17

“When I cam to Dr. Marston, I could not raise my left arm. I had already used Physical Therapy for 12 weeks to no avail. After just a few weeks of chiropractic care, he had found the problem and fixed it. The ultrasound was wonderful and healed the area fast.”

Victoria W 2/1/16

“As someone with scoliosis and ongoing structural issues. I have been to a lot of chiropractors over the past 30 years. Dr. Marston is the only one who has taken the time to truly learn what works best for my particular challenges and has adjusted his approach to address my changing structural needs. I know that no matter what symptoms I present with, new or familiar, he will take the time and attention to detail to make sure I walk out of the office feeling better. It’s invaluable to me to have a chiropractor in whom I can place so much confidence and trust.

Heather M

“My first visit to Doctor Marston was to try to get help with my pain [in] the back and hip area. With X-rays and follow-up, the doctor came up with a treatment plan. After a couple of visits I could already notice some big changes and pain relief. I think he can help get me healed and pain free.”

Pam C 8/7/15

“I first came to Dr. Marston in so much pain I couldn’t even stand up straight. We found out what the problem was together and he explained everything, each step of the way. I felt confident going into treatment and started looking forward to my appointments. Now 3 months later, I am virtually pain free. Dr. Marston has not only helped my initial pain, but has also helped in other areas I didn’t even know needed help! Thank you, Dr. Marston, for EVERYTHING!”

Brittanie C

Symptoms of Degenerative Disc Disease

Common signs of degenerative disc disease include pain that:

  • is heightened by twisting
  • is heightened by bending or lifting
  • is in your lower back, buttocks, or upper thighs
  • Flairs and then recedes
  • Lasts for a few months or just days
  • Gets better when you lie down
  • Fades during walking, but comes back when sitting for prolonged periods

The Causes of Degenerative Disc Disease

Spinal discs are made up of a tough outer wall and a soft inner core. The discs can change over time that may cause degenerative disc disease, such as drying out or cracking. When you are born, your discs are mostly made of water, and as you age, the water loss means less cushion, flexibility and padding between your vertebrae. Cracks can be caused in the tough outer wall of the discs by everyday movements and minor injuries over the years. These cracks can allow the core of the disk to push through or the crack itself can cause nerve pain. Degenerative Disc Disease can also be caused by the narrowing of spaces within the spine.

Relieve Pain Now

When you come in for treatment of DDD (Degenerative Disc Disease), we will start by taking a thorough medical history. Once we establish and successfully diagnose your condition, the goal here is to ease pain and stop more damage from happening through strengthening exercises and insuring the structure of your spine isn’t being affected by misalignment. Adjustments and gentle manipulation of the spine can greatly stimulate the natural healing response of the body, and getting away from the need of expensive surgeries.

The Numbers

Percentage of middle aged men with no symptoms of pain who are likely to have disc bulges
38%
Percentage of the disc made of water (we can link problems of discs from old age due to this)
80%
Percentage of patients with herniated discs that can be successfully treated without surgery
90%

Come in to see Dr. Marston

Let’s get you back to your healthiest self and develop the treatment plan that is right for you! We will stand in your corner and with subtle and gentle low-force techniques, we will help you recover and find relief of symptoms. Come to Sapphire Chiropractic to get the quality care you deserve with a smaller practice and just as much experience as the larger offices. More one on one time with the doctor and we are invested in individuals in our office.