A degenerative spine is a condition where the structures of the spine (the disc, joints and ligaments) deteriorate over time. As a result, this can cause spine pain that can radiate into the extremities as well as numbness, weakness and tingling. If you believe that you are suffering from this degenerative condition, it is important that you consult a medical professional, such as a rheumatologist, physiatrist, neurologist, orthopedic doctor or neurosurgeon. These degenerative spine doctors can obtain a concrete diagnosis of your condition and determine the best treatment plan for your spine care needs.
Types of degenerative spine treatments
After your doctor diagnoses you with a degenerative spine, he or she will likely suggest that you try a conservative treatment regimen prior to considering surgical intervention. This may include nonsurgical treatments, such as:
- Pain medication
- Muscle relaxants
- Physical therapy
- Chiropractic care
- Core strengthening
- Heat massage
- Ultrasound therapy
- Stretching exercises
However, if these degenerative spine treatments do not provide you with adequate relief after several weeks or months, then you may need surgery to treat your condition.
Degenerative spine surgery
At USA Spine Care, we offer a safer and effective alternative to traditional open spine surgery in the form of our minimally invasive spine surgery.^ As the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery, we have helped thousands of patients each year find relief from their chronic neck and back conditions, and we look forward to helping you on your road to recovery. To learn about our degenerative spine surgery options, contact us today.
Our surgical options can address the aspect of the spine that is degenerating, whether the disc, facet joint or vertebral body. These procedures use small incisions that are muscle sparing, resulting in a lower risk of complication and shorter recovery period compared to traditional open spine surgery.^ To find out if you are a potential candidate for the outpatient surgery performed by our board-certified+ orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgeons, reach out to our team and ask for a free MRI review.* We can help you reclaim your quality of life from the pain and discomfort caused by a degenerative spine.
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