Degenerative Disc Disease
The intervertebral discs in the spine cushion and absorb shock between the vertebrae. Each disc has a soft interior that is encompassed by a harder outer shell. One of the most common issues that affect spinal discs is degenerative disc disease. The deterioration of spinal discs due to this aging-related condition causes chronic back and neck pain, as well as other symptoms. Our medical team at Medici Spine & Pain offers innovative and effective treatments for degenerative disc disease, offering relief for our patients.
Degenerative disc disease is common and does not always result in pain or mobility issues. This disease is a combination of deterioration issues that occur due to wear and tear on the intervertebral discs. The outer shell of the spinal discs can become brittle and fragile. The interior can lose moisture and its “spongy” texture. This contributes to herniated or bulging discs that compress surrounding nerves or cause inflammation. Age, excess weight, nutrition, lifestyle and repetitive motions all contribute to the onset of degenerative disc disease.
Symptoms and Treatment for Degenerative Disc Disease
Not everyone has pain or mobility issues from degenerative disc disease. It depends on whether the deterioration of the discs results in pressure on nerves or other spinal issues. Common symptoms can include sporadic or chronic pain in the neck, back, buttocks or legs. Some patients experience radiating nerve pain, and this can affect the shoulders, arms, hands or legs. Sitting often increases symptoms, especially in the middle or lower back.
Conservative treatments are usually effective for reducing pain associated with degenerative disc disease. Our team will perform diagnostic testing and imaging to help pinpoint deteriorated discs that may be contributing to pain. We have a wide variety of treatment options that can be included in a personalized treatment plan.
If you have been diagnosed with degenerative disc disease or have chronic back or neck pain, contact Medici Spine & Pain today. We have two clinics in the Atlanta area to serve our patients. Call today to schedule your appointment at one of our locations.