Degenerative Disc Disease

Understanding Degenerative Disc Disease

Degenerative disc disease refers to the gradual deterioration of the spinal discs, which act as cushions between the vertebrae. As these discs break down, they may lose their ability to absorb shock and provide flexibility, leading to pain, reduced mobility, and other related symptoms. It is a natural part of the aging process and can occur in various regions of the spine, including the neck (cervical spine) and the lower back (lumbar spine).

Recognizing the Symptoms

Identifying the symptoms of degenerative disc disease is essential for proper diagnosis and treatment. Common symptoms associated with this condition include:

Chronic or intermittent back or neck pain

Pain that worsens with movement or certain activities

Pain that radiates to the arms or legs

Numbness or tingling in the extremities

Muscle weakness or loss of coordination

Stiffness and reduced flexibility


Exploring Treatment Options

At Metropolitan Neurosurgery Brain & Spine, we understand the impact that degenerative disc disease can have on your daily life. Our website provides information on various treatment options to help manage your symptoms effectively.

Non-Surgical Treatment

Physical therapy and targeted exercises to strengthen the muscles supporting the spine and improve flexibility.

Pain management techniques, including medications, heat/cold therapy, and epidural steroid injections.

Chiropractic care and spinal manipulation to alleviate pain and restore proper spinal alignment.

Lifestyle modifications, such as maintaining a healthy weight and adopting ergonomic practices.

Surgical Treatment

When conservative treatments fail to provide adequate relief, surgical intervention may be considered. Our website will guide you through the surgical options available for degenerative disc disease, including:

Discectomy: A surgical procedure that involves removing the damaged or herniated portion of the disc to alleviate pressure on the nerves.

Spinal Fusion: This procedure aims to stabilize the spine by fusing two or more vertebrae together using bone grafts or implants.

Artificial Disc Replacement: An alternative to fusion surgery, artificial disc replacement involves replacing the damaged disc with an artificial one, preserving motion in the spine.


Begin Your Journey to Recovery Today

Don’t let Degenerative Disc Disease hold you back any longer. Start your journey to recovery today by calling or requesting an appointment.
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