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Degenerative disc disease severity

Degenerative disc disease is a condition that typically affects individuals above the age of 50. This condition describes the process of spinal discs deteriorating, becoming narrow or shrinking due to time or injury, which reduces the ability for the ligaments in the spine to stretch. The process of degeneration results in the disc losing some of its cushion and shock absorption capabilities. The disc also loses some of its water content, allowing for less mobility. To learn about how serious this condition can become as well as the treatments available to relieve the symptoms of degenerative disc disease, read on.

Symptoms of degenerative disc disease

The symptoms of degenerative disc disease can vary, depending on the severity of the condition. The initial symptoms of degenerative disc disease consist of pain, numbness, tingling, weakness, burning and muscle spasms. However, if your condition worsens, the condition can become extremely serious. Pain level can increase and even become disabling, bowel or bladder dysfunction can occur and you may experience a loss of movement. If this is the case for you, immediate medical attention is required.

Nonsurgical degenerative disc disease treatments

If your degenerative disc disease is still in its early stages, conservative treatments may be able to stop this condition from becoming serious. It is important that you remain active with this condition, as your back muscles can weaken with inactivity, causing your symptoms to get worse. To give yourself the best chance of overcoming this condition, the following nonsurgical treatments may be recommended:

  • Pain medication
  • Low-impact exercise
  • Acupuncture
  • Core strengthening
  • Yoga or Pilates
  • Herbal remedies
  • Weight management
  • Reduced heavy lifting
  • Chiropractic care
  • Physical therapy

Surgical degenerative disc disease treatments

In the event that you do not find adequate relief from nonsurgical degenerative disc disease treatments, or your symptoms become more serious, then contact USA Spine Care to learn how our minimally invasive spine surgery can help you find lasting relief from your chronic pain and discomfort. Our procedures offer a safer and effective alternative to traditional open spine surgery as well as a shorter recovery period and a lower risk of complication.^

As the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery, USA Spine Care has helped more than 75,000 patients rediscover their lives from their debilitating spine conditions. Our board-certified surgeons+ are able to use minimally invasive decompression and stabilization procedures to remove part or all of the disc that is causing nerve compression. To learn if you are a potential candidate for our outpatient procedures, reach out to our dedicated team today and ask for a free MRI review.*

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