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About Degenerative Disc Disease

Debilitating back pain disrupts your life. You can’t work or go to school; you can barely get out of bed. Don’t let this happen to you. Visit a back specialist to have your back examined. If you have degenerative disc disease, you need treatment to get back on your feet. Dr. Amr Hosny and his team of doctors at the Spine & Rehab Group are the experts you seek. With eight locations in New York City and northern New Jersey, there’s an office near you. Call for an appointment today.

Is Degenerative Disc Disease an Old-Age Problem?

Degenerative disc disease is a medical condition that’s commonly caused by the wear and tear from old age. But other causes can trigger the disease in younger people. In fact, it usually affects people aged 30 to 50. If left untreated, the condition often leads to further deterioration of the affected spinal discs. Degenerative disc disease is one of the main reasons you may be suffering from:

Getting diagnosed early helps you get treatment before the condition becomes too severe. Consulting with top spine specialists like Dr. Amr Hosny and his team at the Spine & Rehab Group is the best choice for diagnosing and treating degenerative disc disease. Convenient locations in Union County, Morris County and Bergen County in New Jersey — and in Greenwich Village, the Financial District and Midtown Manhattan in NYC — make it easy to find an office near you.

Our Board certified doctors Amr Hosny, MD, MBA, FASA
Amr Hosny, MD, MBA, FASA
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David Chu, MD, FAAPMR
David Chu, MD, FAAPMR
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Vivek Mehta, MD, FAAPMR Board Certified Interventional Spine Medicine
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Deepali Gupta, MD, DABA, DABPM Board Certified Interventional Spine Specialist
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What Causes Degenerative Disc Disease?

Intervertebral discs are the spongy shock absorbers that sit in between your spinal bones. They help cushion the bones and add flexibility to your spine as you move. Over time, the aging process or another cause makes the discs lose their sponginess and elasticity, which causes the bones to rub against one another when you move. The resulting friction leads to inflammation of the surrounding tissues.

This condition can occur anywhere in your spine, including in the cervical, thoracic or lumbar region. Other ways discs can get damaged include:

What Are the Symptoms of Degenerative Disc Disease?

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Some people with severe disc degeneration feel no pain, while others with a mild form of the disease suffer from intense pain. Because of this anomaly, diagnosis for degenerative disc disease can be difficult. Choose a spine specialist who knows how to identify the disease and knows how to treat degenerative disc disease. That’s the best way to ensure you get proper, targeted degenerative disc disease treatment.

There are often noticeable symptoms that point your spine doctor to a diagnosis of degenerative disc disease. These signs accompany your back pain and may include:

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The Spine & Rehab Group is my go to place for chronic pain. The doctors are compassionate and supportive. The nurses and staff are professional and so caring. I have been a patient here for almost 10 years . The doctors and physician assistant are extremely knowledgeable and always looking for the best way to help with my chronic pain! I always recommend The Spine & Rehab Group to people dealing with pain, I even tell my other doctors what wonderful doctors they are.

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These days it’s hard to find a professional, yet extremely caring physicians office, particularly in the field of Pain Management. Dr. Hosny, Dr. Chu, physician’s assistant Summer and the entire staff have managed to make this happen. Robin helped me many times with insurance to ensure that I got my shots in a timely manner (Hi Robin!). I’ve been going to this office for about three years and I couldn’t be more pleased!

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I went to Dr. Hosny with lower back pain. I spend many hours sitting in a truck for my job. After an hour or so I would get pain in my back. Since I am a truck driver, pain killers were not an option for me. After a few sessions with Dr. Hosny, I am pain free. The staff at New Jersey Pain Care Center and are wonderful and caring people. I would recommend anyone go to Dr. Hosny if they want real results.

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I had gone to Dr. Hosny with severe back pain after spinal surgery. It was debilitating pain that stopped me from being able to function normally. Dr. Hosny suggested that I have a Spinal Cord Stimulator implanted in my back. It is the best thing I EVER did. I am so excited to be able to return to my normal life with no medication. My experience at the pain center was wonderful. The nurses were very understanding and kind.

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I have had back surgeries that provided me no relief from my pain. After a few treatments with Dr. Hosny, I have almost no discomfort. I have no need for my pain medication anymore, and have been able to go back to working out and enjoying activities with my family. I was pleasantly surprised at the treatment I received at New Jersey Pain Care Center. The staff is very nice, and treats you with respect. The facility is clean, bright and everything is brand new.

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I had been having pain in my neck for many years. I had been to other doctors and they all recommended that I have surgery. I was hesitant to get surgery, so I wanted one more opinion. I had a friend tell me about Dr. Hosny and New Jersey Pain Care Center. From the moment I met Dr. Hosny I knew he wasn’t your average doctor. He took the time to listen to my concerns about surgery, and he agreed. After my cervical radiofrequency, I have full range of motion back in my neck, and best of all, no pain.

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What Are Degenerative Disc Disease Treatments?

Whenever you feel pain, your impulse may be to take over-the-counter pain medicines. If you think the cause is muscular, you may try applying heat or getting a therapeutic massage. Physical therapy may be your next step. But if you have back pain, your best bet is to visit a knowledgeable spine doctor like Dr. Hosny at the Spine & Rehab Group to get an accurate diagnosis.

While your pain may be muscular in nature — a muscle sprain or strain — it’s also possible you’ve suffered a more serious injury than you realize. Dr. Hosny and his team have access to the latest technology to deliver effective pain relief. Degenerative disc disease treatments include:

These pain management injections kill your pain long enough for you to do some light stretching exercises with a physical therapist. If your condition is severe enough or these treatments don’t help, you may be a candidate for minimally invasive surgery. Your treatment starts with a visit to an expert spine specialist. Contact the Spine & Rehab Group today for an accurate diagnosis of what’s causing your back pain.

Page Updated on Jun 15, 2022 by Dr. Hosny (Interventional Spine Specialist) of The Spine & Rehab Group
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