Degenerative Disc Disease
Degenerative disc disease, a type of spondylosis, arise as spinal discs deteriorate. Discs are meant to absorb shock and cushion the vertebrae. Degeneration can occur with age and cause discs to weaken over time. As the discs are worn down, the vertebrae may collide and result in a variety of symptoms. The most common areas where this condition appears is in the neck and lower back.
Causes of Degenerative Disc Disease
Degenerative disc disease can be caused by numerous factors. Below are some of the most common factors that contribute to this condition:
- Age: The natural aging process and wear on the spinal discs may lead to this condition.
- Trauma: Traumatic accidents and sports injuries may cause degenerative disc disease.
- Excess weight: Extra weight can strain the back and place immense pressure on spinal discs.
- Family history: If your family has a history of spine conditions, a greater risk for degenerative disc disease is presented.
- Repetitive activity: Physically demanding occupations or repetitive sports activity may present an increased risk of this condition.
- Poor posture: This can throw spinal alignment off and can lead to degenerative disc disease.
Symptoms of Degenerative Disc Disease
Degenerative disc disease causes discs to deteriorate and can lead to the following symptoms:
- Neck and back pain
- Numbness and tingling
- Limited mobility
- Chronic pain
- Centralized pain
Our board-certified spine specialists aim to treat all spine conditions with leading treatment options. Based on the severity of the degenerative disc spine condition, our physicians will carefully create a unique treatment plan for each patient. We strive to initially treat all spinal conditions with conservative treatment options. If controlled methods fail, our spine specialists may recommend spine surgery. Surgeries like discectomy, foraminotomy and laminotomy may be used to treat this spinal condition.
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