If you’ve been diagnosed with degenerative disc disease, you may feel unsure of what this diagnosis means for you. Starting off with some basic information about your diagnosis can be helpful. In this FAQ, USA Spine Care answers some of the most frequently asked questions that we receive from our patients regarding degenerative disc disease.
Q. What is degenerative disc disease?
A. Degenerative disc disease is a natural deterioration of the spinal discs that occurs with age. As people get older, their spinal disc lose water and protein content, causing them to shrink and become less elastic. This ongoing deterioration is known as enfermedad degenerativa del disco or DDD.
Q. What causes degenerative disc disease?
A. For most patients, degenerative disc disease is simply the result of getting older. Often, it starts with small tears in a disc’s outer rim, which makes the rim less capable of containing the gelatinous central core. This can then make the outer layer sag, bulge or collapse. When this process is underway, genetics, trauma and excess body weight can contribute to someone’s discs degenerating more quickly than what would usually be expected.
P. ¿Cuáles son los síntomas?
A. Degenerative disc disease doesn’t always cause symptoms. The condition is typically only symptomatic if the degenerated disc starts to press up against a nerve root or the spinal cord. If that occurs, patients may experience neck or back pain, pain that radiates into their arms or legs or numbness and tingling in their extremities.
P. ¿Cuáles son algunas opciones de tratamiento?
A. Most degenerative disc disease treatments work to address the patient’s symptoms, since the underlying forces are not reversible. Doctors may recommend medications to relieve pain and inflammation, exercises to strengthen the spine and physical therapy to help increase range of motion and improve posture. Patients may also obtain relief from alternative treatments, such as chiropractic care or acupuncture. It is also important to make any necessary lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking or improving nutrition, if they are recommended by your doctor.
P. ¿Necesitaré cirugía?
A. Many patients are able to find a significant amount of relief from the above methods and do not require surgical intervention. However, some people may need to consider spine surgery for long-term relief if conservative treatments have been exhausted without bringing the necessary relief.
Patients considering their surgical options should contacto the team at USA Spine Care to learn more about the benefits of our minimally invasive spine surgery. Our board-certified surgeons+ are able to treat degenerative disc disease and other spine conditions on an outpatient basis with a less than 1-inch incision.
Si desea saber si es un potencial candidato for one of our procedures, ask for your free MRI review today.*
^Los resultados son típicos, pero no están garantizados, la experiencia de cada paciente con la cirugía de columna será diferente.
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* Nuestra revisión de MRI es una revisión informativa del informe de MRI que nos proporciona y no es una forma de diagnóstico. Un diagnóstico y una determinación final de si puede beneficiarse del tratamiento en USA Spine Care solo se puede hacer después de que nuestros profesionales médicos en USA Spine Care lo hayan examinado físicamente. La revisión de MRI no tiene valor y no se facturará.