What is Degenerative Disc Disease?
Degenerative disc disease is the term used by our orthopedic spine specialist at Advanced Spine & Orthopedics to describe the deteriorating effects of aging on the spine. The discs in the spine are soft and compressible that separates the connecting bones that make up the spine. They allow the spine to flex, bend and twist in a fluid pain free motion. Over time, these discs can get worn down and lose fluid, collapse or even rupture resulting in back pain.
Symptoms of Disc Disease
Symptoms of degenerative disc disease vary greatly from person to person. While some people may experience severe back pain, others may experience a slight discomfort. These are usually brought out by certain movements as in reaching out, reaching up, bending over or twisting around. Depending on the severity and location of the condition, the pain may also affect your arms, legs and neck. It is important to have these symptoms checked by our orthopedic spine specialist as they can result in further conditions such as:
Degenerative Disc Treatment in Southlake, TX
While there is no cure for degenerative disc disease, there are a variety of non-surgical and surgical treatment options available. Our orthopedic spine specialist will opt for conservative treatments first. If the condition is causing the spine to be unstable and painful, then surgery may be recommended. The type of back surgery required will be dependent upon the location of the degenerative disc in your spine.
To schedule a consultation with our orthopedic spine specialist concerning degenerative disc disease, please contact us online or call our Southlake office at 817-310-8783.