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Degenerative Disc Disease

Degenerative disc disease (DDD) is one of the most common causes of back pain and neck ache. The condition usually starts with a disc bulge or a bulging disc, which occurs when the gel-filled central portion (the nucleus pulposus) of a disc begins to bulge. This condition is often accompanied by pain radiating from the spine and may impair normal muscle function, including the ability to walk. Degenerative disc disease occurs when the discs in the spine become compressed. They do not absorb shocks to the spine, the spine cannot flex and twist, causing pain.

 

Do I Have Degenerative Disc Disease?

Degenerative Disc Disease Symptoms

An individual's symptoms of degenerative disc disease can vary widely, but typically include: pain in the back neck pain in the leg arm, hand, or buttock that sometimes gets worse with movement numbness radiating into the arms, hands, or feet weakness in the arms or legs

Degenerative Disc Disease Causes

As we age, our discs begin to lose their ability to cushion and support the spine and replace it with a more rigid and compressed support. Loss of fluid in the central gel-like portion of the disc, resulting in discs that are less flexible and thinner or more compressed. Tears in the innermost layer of the disc that allows the gel-like substance in the center of the disc to leak out. As a result of these changes, pressure is placed on the spine itself, causing pain in the spinal cord and sometimes radiating into areas served by nerves that are lying outside of the spinal cord itself.

Joint degeneration is a common problem in the lower back and neck. It is most common in people who smoke, are obese, or perform work that requires repeated bending of the back. In some cases, traumatic injuries such as falls or auto accidents can cause degeneration.

Degenerative Disc Disease Treatments

Degenerative Disc Disease Diagnosis

Joint degeneration is a common problem in the lower back and neck. It is most common in people who smoke, are obese, or perform work that requires repeated bending of the back. In some cases, traumatic injuries such as falls or auto accidents can cause degeneration.

During the exam, Dr. Callewart will perform a range of motion test to check for any problems with your back or neck. He will also ask you about symptoms like numbness, tingling, or weakness in your arms and legs. Dr. Callewart will also test your reflexes to make sure that everything is functioning properly.

Sometimes, imaging studies are recommended for people who have symptoms of bone or spinal problems, as well as injured patients. In some cases, such as when nerve damage is suspected or a family history of bone disease or spinal tumors, such imaging is ordered for a more in-depth evaluation.

Degenerative Disc Disease Treatments

Ice packs and over-the-counter pain relievers are a good initial treatment for minor muscle aches and pains. If the pain worsens, your doctor can prescribe stronger painkillers to help ease the symptoms. Sometimes, imaging studies are recommended for people who have symptoms of bone or spinal problems, as well as injured patients. In some cases, such as when nerve damage is suspected or a family history of bone disease or spinal tumors, such imaging is ordered for a more in-depth evaluation.

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