Degenerative Disc Treatment in NJ & NY
What is Degenerative
Degenerative Disc Disease refers to a common condition that affects the intervertebral discs of the spine. These discs are soft, rubbery cushions that act as shock absorbers between the vertebrae, providing flexibility and allowing for smooth movement of the spine. However, with age and wear and tear, these discs can degenerate and undergo changes that lead to Degenerative Disc Disease.
The primary cause of Degenerative Disc Disease is the natural aging process, which results in the loss of fluid content within the discs, making them less flexible and more prone to damage. As a result, the discs may become thinner, develop cracks, or develop small tears. These changes can cause pain, stiffness, and reduced mobility in the affected area of the spine.
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The exact cause is often related to natural wear and tear on the discs over time. Factors such as aging, genetics, repetitive stress, and certain lifestyle habits can contribute to the development and progression of Degenerative Disc Disease.
Symptoms can vary, but common signs of Degenerative Disc Disease include chronic back or neck pain, stiffness, limited range of motion, numbness or tingling in the extremities, and muscle weakness.
Yes, many cases of Degenerative Disc Disease can be effectively managed with non-surgical treatments. These may include physical therapy, medications, chiropractic care, injections, lifestyle modifications, and other conservative approaches aimed at reducing pain, improving function, and enhancing quality of life.
While treatment can provide significant relief, Degenerative Disc Disease is a chronic condition, and there is a possibility of symptoms returning over time. However, with proper care, lifestyle modifications, and ongoing management, the recurrence of symptoms can often be minimized or managed effectively.
While Degenerative Disc Disease cannot be entirely prevented, certain measures can help manage the condition and reduce the risk of further deterioration. These include maintaining a healthy weight, adopting proper posture and body mechanics, engaging in regular exercise, avoiding smoking, and following a nutritious diet.
Surgery is typically considered when conservative treatments have not provided sufficient relief or when there are severe neurological symptoms, such as persistent weakness or loss of bladder/bowel control. Surgical options may include discectomy, spinal fusion, or artificial disc replacement, depending on the individual case.