Degenerative Disc Disease
What is Degenerative Disc Disease
Degenerative disc disease is common. In fact, it is more common with increasing age. Degenerative disc disease is commonly associated with bulging discs with up to 80% of the greater population that is over 55 years of age can have bulging discs at some level in their spine as shown on studies of asymptomatic people.
How are Degenerative disc disease different from Bulging discs?
Degenerative disc disease though can be distinct entity when compared to either bulging discs or herniated discs. Bulging discs are contained, while herniated discs are non-contained. This meaning that the gel-like nucleus pulposus that should be contained within the center of the disc created so much pressure on the outside of the disc (annulus fibrosis) that it squirted out possibly causing pressure on a nerve root. Leading to symptoms or motor or sensory disturbances such as decreased sensation, difficulty moving either the arms or legs, or paresthesias. Degenerative disc disease most commonly only is associated with degeneration of the disc itself without causing pressure on the surrounding nerve roots. Thus, the most common symptom if degenerative disc disease manifests in symptoms is usually back pain.
Degenerative disc disease treatment
Treatment for patients who have degenerative disc disease but no symptoms is not usually required. Patients with only mild symptoms from degenerative disc disease can range from:
- core strengthening exercises
- Postural training
- Medications starting with oral anti-inflammatories
- And possibly chiropractic treatment
Patients with significant degenerative disc disease associated with bulging discs that are causing pressure on either the nerve roots or the spinal canal could be suffering from stenosis, and could be recommended to undergo a series of epidural injections in which a licensed medical provider places steroid medications near the area where the nerves are compressed or irritated.
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If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or have any concerns about your spine health. Call us today at 817-916-4685 to schedule a physical evaluation with one of our board certified experts. For any questions about the services we offer, please contact our office.