DEGENERATIVE DISC DISEASE
BACK PAIN RELIEF
WHAT IS DEGENERATIVE DISC DISEASE (SPONDYLOSIS) AND WHAT CAUSES IT?
Degenerative disc disease involves the gradual degeneration of the spine’s intervertebral discs over time. This process makes the disc more susceptible to herniation. These symptoms may be due to the actual disc herniation or an osteophyte (bone spur) contacting a nerve. Degeneration of spinal disc is usually a result of normal aging in people who have a family history of spinal degeneration.
IF I HAVE A DEGENERATIVE DISC DISEASE, WHAT SYMPTOMS MIGHT BE PRESENT?
Symptoms usually present as pain, tingling, stiffness, numbness, or muscle weakness that develops gradually.
WHEN SHOULD I CONSULT WITH A DOCTOR?
If the symptoms are moderate or quickly progressing, a doctor should evaluate your case.
HOW CAN A PHYSICIAN DETERMINE IF I HAVE A DEGENERATIVE DISC DISEASE?
A degenerative disc disease diagnosis can be suspected when a physician evaluates symptoms and performs a physical exam in the office. This diagnosis is then confirmed with a MRI or CT scan.
HOW IS A DEGENERATIVE DISC TREATED?
Most of the time degenerative disc disease can be managed with things like stretching exercises, Yoga classes, and low impact aerobic activities. More aggressive treatment may include physical therapy and/or epidural steroid injections. If symptoms progress or persist such that your quality of life is affected, a minimally invasive surgical procedure may be recommended.