Signs your degenerative disc disease symptoms are worsening
While the term “degenerative disc disease” sounds ominous, it’s actually a fairly common condition in individuals over the age of 50. The discs in the spine serve as shock absorbers and endure a great deal of wear and tear through the years. This can cause them to lose water content and elasticity, making them susceptible to damage when they are placed under pressure. Disc deterioration can lead to bulges and ruptures, with portions of a disc extending beyond its normal boundaries in the spinal column. If a damaged disc comes in contact with the spinal cord or a nearby nerve root, bothersome symptoms can appear.
Understanding your symptoms
Common degenerative disc disease symptoms include pain that is localized to the area of the affected disc and periodic tingling, muscle weakness and numbness. Many of these symptoms can be alleviated through conservative treatments designed to reduce the strain on the affected area of the spine, such as physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications and hot/cold therapy.
If your symptoms don’t respond to conservative treatment and start to grow more severe, you should contact your doctor about additional treatment options. Signs that your condition is worsening include:
Increasing pain levels
Pain that radiates to the extremities
Loss of coordination
Extreme muscle weakness
When to consider surgical treatment
If you are experiencing severe degenerative disc disease symptoms that aren’t responding to conservative treatment, it might be time to consider your surgical options. At USA Spine Care, we can provide a free MRI review* that will help determine if you are a candidato for minimally invasive spine surgery, which is often clinically appropriate and provides many advantages versus open neck or back surgery.^
If you would like to learn more about our outpatient procedures as a degenerative disc disease treatment option, contacto USA Spine Care hoy.
^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.