Degenerative Disc Disease
What is Degenerative Disc Disease?
Degenerative disc disease refers to spinal degeneration occurring as we age. It's really not a disease but a set of circumstances that leads to the breakdown of the vertebral disc and surrounding structures. Degenerative disc disease usually starts to show itself as we age and the stresses we have put on our back over the years start to take their toll. Sometimes a trauma can cause it to occur prematurely. Degenerative disc disease is more commonly found in the neck and lower back, but can occur anywhere along the spine.
How Do I Know if I have Degenerative Disc Disease?
What is the Right Treatment for Me?
Symptoms of degenerative disc disease usually include mild pain in the area affected that worsens as more pressure is placed on it. Numbness, tingling, and radiating pain are often felt in the arms or legs, depending on where the disc degeneration is occurring. When the degeneration is in the neck symptoms will be felt in the shoulders and arms. If the degenerated disc is in the lower back, symptoms will be felt in the legs. Symptoms of degenerative disc disease will worsen as the condition progresses if not treated.
Do you have any of these symptoms and think you may be suffering from degenerative disc disease? We have a quick and easy tool to help gather some information from you to help us determine what your problem is and get you on the road to recovery.
Early degenerative disc treatment includes anti inflammatory medications, application of heat and ice, and exercise to strengthen back muscles that provide support to the spinal structure. Further conservative treatment usually requires the patient undergo physical therapy. Only once conservative treatments have been exhausted should surgery be considered.
OLSS provides a wide range of treatment options and because our doctors are the most experienced and best trained in treating spinal conditions we are able to perform many advanced treatments other practices are unable to offer.
The real question is “what treatment is best to treat your degenerative disc disease?”. Use our Treatment Match tool to quickly get started in finding the right treatment for you.