Degenerative Disc Disease
What is Degenerative Disc Disease?
Our discs are made of a tough, rubbery exterior and a soft interior. They sit between the vertebrae to act as shock absorbers. As we age, the spinal discs begin to degenerate. This can cause herniated discs, bulging discs, spinal stenosis, and osteoarthritis.
Degenerative Disc Symptoms
Pain may occur at the site of the affected disc in the back or neck. As the pain is often caused by compressed nerves, this pain can also travel to other areas of the body like the buttocks, arms, and legs.
Degenerative Disc Causes
The causes rang from aging to other such as obesity, smoking, repeated physical work, and injury.
Degenerative Disc Treatment
Pain caused by degeneration is often treated with hot or cold packs and an anti inflammatory medication. Other treatments may be beneficial such as physical therapy, stretching, and in some cases, surgery. While degenerative disc disease is a natural part of being human there are things you can do to prevent pain and stay healthy.
If you are experiencing frequent back or neck pain, call or schedule an appointment with our office for an examination so we can create a treatment plan for you.