Degenerative disc disease refers to pain and symptoms of the spine caused by the general wear-and-tear of the spinal discs. Despite its name, degenerative disc disease is not a disease at all, but rather a result of the natural aging process.
In a healthy spine, the spinal discs act as cushions or shock absorbers. As the discs degenerate, they become thinner and less effective. Some patients may experience painful disc degeneration in the areas that endure the most motion and stress, such as the cervical spine and lumbar spine.
Some individuals will experience disc degeneration with little to no painful symptoms. However, more severe cases will result in more painful symptoms. Symptoms may vary depending on the location of the most worn-out spinal discs.
- Back pain that radiates to the arms or legs
- Muscle weakness
- Decreased range of motion
- Instability in the spine
- Flare-ups of intense pain followed by mild or dull pain
Spinal discs naturally deteriorate with age, but certain lifestyle factors may speed up the degeneration process. These include:
- Acute injury
- Strenuous physical labor
There are numerous treatment options for degenerative disc disease. These include:
- Epidural steroid injection
- Medial branch block
- Pulsed radiofrequency neuromodulation
- Trigger point injections
- Spinal cord stimulator
- Intrathecal pump
We understand that each patient’s pain is unique. Therefore, the treatment recommended to each patient will be personalized to fit their condition and lifestyle. Our multi-disciplinary team of physicians offers advanced interventional and minimally-invasive techniques to help treat chronic, complex pain. Schedule an appointment today to discuss your concerns and what treatment options might be right for you!