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Degenerative Disc Disease

Degenerative Disc Disease

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Overview:

Degenerative disc disease is the progressive deterioration of spinal discs and arthritic changes in facet joints due to wear and tear with aging. The overgrowth of bone spurs can also produce narrowing of the spinal canal, resulting in spinal stenosis, causing pain, numbness and weakness in the legs due to compression of the neural elements.

Symptoms:

  • Pain in your lower back, buttocks, or upper thighs.  The pain may not be consistent.  It may come and go.   The pain can be light in nature or harsh.  And, it can be sudden or chronic.  The pain may also feel better when you move your body and worsen if you sit still, bend or lift something.  You may need to adjust your position or lie down to feel relief

Causes: 

Your spinal disks are made up of a soft inner core and a tough outer wall. The disks change in ways that may cause degenerative disk disease, such as:

  • Discs Drying Out: As you age, the discs, which are made of water, lose water and thin out. This results in less cushion between your vertebrae.
  • Cracked Discs: You can develop tiny tears from years of stress or injuries. These tears are situated by nerves and can result in mild to severe pain.

Treatments: 

  • Epidural Injections
  • Spine Surgery