Our spines are designed to flex while providing support for the torso. The bones of the spine, the vertebrae, are separated by cushioning discs that keep the vertebrae from rubbing against each other during the flexing action. When these discs degenerate due to age, disease or trauma, the cushioning factor is diminished or disappears and the nerves within the discs can become irritated. Irritated nerves can cause chronic low back or neck pain, radiating pain into the hips and legs, and tingling or weakness in the extremities. Some individuals are more susceptible to this condition due to the structure of their discs and bodies. Degenerative disc disease can be a debilitating condition that the experts at Chapman Spine and Orthopedic Institute are familiar with and know how to treat.
Diagnosis and Treatment
Symptoms of degenerative disc disease can be similar to those of other conditions making a full diagnostic workup necessary to ensure a correct course of treatment is recommended.
Often degenerative disc disease can be treated without surgery. Physical therapy, chiropractic or osteopathic manipulation, anti-inflammatory medication, traction and spinal injections are sometimes advised. If conservative therapies do not yield satisfactory results within a few months, surgical options can be explored, especially if normal physical activity is impossible.
Degenerative disc disease can have a serious negative impact on a person’s quality of life. It is therefore of utmost importance to get skilled attention from spinal specialists any time an injury or disease occurs that impacts the spine. The specialists at Chapman Spine and Orthopedic Institute use the most advanced and least invasive treatments to help you or your loved one recover from a spinal injury and regain an active physical life.
Contact Orange County’s Chapman Spine and Orthopedic Institute if you suffer from degenerative disc disease or have sustained an injury to the spine.