Degenerative Disc Disease
Diagnosing Chronic Pain Conditions in Coppell, TX
What is it?
Degenerative Disc Disease is a desiccation of one or more vertebral discs. Spinal discs can be thought of as rubbery cushions between the vertebrae, which are the bones in your spinal column. These discs are shock absorbers for your mobility, allowing you to comfortably move, bend, and twist your body. Over time, these discs wear away, either naturally or through other causes. This prompts the soft, inner core of the discs to lose water. As they dry out and wear away, the discs get thinner, which hinders their ability to provide shock absorption to your vertebrae. Without proper cushioning, the bones in the spinal column can rub together, causing pain and potentially heading to other health issues as well, such as disc herniation.
What causes Degenerative Disc Disease?
To be clear, vertebral discs naturally wear away over time, which can lead to Degenerative Disc Disease. As we age, especially after 40 years old, everyone experiences disc degeneration to some degree. Some individuals just simply do not feel the symptoms of their disc degeneration. However, Degenerative Disc Disease can also come about as a result of external causes, such as acute injuries to the back. This condition is common in older adults, but there are other factors besides age that could increase an individual’s predisposition to Degenerative Disc Disease. Such factors include obesity, smoking, and working a physically demanding job. If you’re experiencing symptoms of Degenerative Disc Disease, give us a call today! Our experienced professionals at Apex Interventional Pain & Spine use the latest diagnostic techniques and treatment options to help you manage your pain and improve your quality of life.
What are some symptoms of Degenerative Disc Disease?
For individuals with Degenerative Disc Disease, the most common symptom that occurs is pain in the back and neck. This pain can ebb and flow, lasting for weeks or months at a time. Symptoms can occur in the arms or legs as well, especially experiencing a sense of numbness or tingling in these areas. With Degenerative Disc Disease, the pain tends to feel as if it’s moving down your lower back and buttocks. Activities such as sitting, bending, or lifting objects tend to make the pain feel worse.