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Diagnosing a degenerative lumbar spine

A degenerative lumbar spine is a condition whereby the vertebral bodies, discs, joints and ligaments of the spine undergo degenerative changes, which can lead to pain in the lower back, as well as numbness, weakness and radiation into the extremities. In order to treat this condition, it is important to consult your doctor for an accurate degenerative spine diagnosis to help guide you on your next step to find pain relief.

Degenerative spine diagnosis process

degenerative spine diagnosis for the lower back first entails an overview of your medical history by your primary care doctor to see if genetics may play a role in your condition. A physical examination is then conducted, followed by an MRI or CT scan, to find out the cause, severity and precise location of your condition in order to determine the best treatment option to ease your discomfort.

What to do after receiving a degenerative spine diagnosis?

If your doctor has confirmed that you are suffering from a degenerative lumbar spine, then he or she may typically recommend developing a conservative treatment regimen that consists of:

  • Pain medication
  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Range of motion exercises
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Core-strengthening exercises
  • Physical therapy
  • Heat massages

Alternative treatments such as ultrasound therapy, acupuncture, chiropractic manipulation, yoga and Pilates may also be attempted prior to undergoing spine surgery.

If degenerative spine surgery becomes an option

If your symptoms persist despite several weeks or months of conservative and alternative treatments, then surgical intervention may then become necessary. If this is the case for you, contact USA Spine Care to learn how our minimally invasive procedures are a safer and effective alternative to traditional open spine surgery.^

At USA Spine Care, we have helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from chronic neck or back pain since 2005. Our highly skilled surgeons use a small incision that spares the muscles and ligaments surrounding the spine in order to relieve the symptoms associated with a degenerative lumbar spine, while eliminating hospital-associated costs and helping patients get back to their lives faster.^

Through a no-cost MRI review,* our dedicated team will be able to learn if you are a potential candidate for our minimally invasive degenerative lumbar spine surgery. To learn more about the types of outpatient procedures we offer to help treat your condition, reach out to us today. We are here to help guide you through your journey to wellness.

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