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Degenerative Disc Disease

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.

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?

Anatomy Degenerative Disc Disease

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:

  • Mild to disabling back pain, depending on the severity and location of the damaged disc
  • Most often in your lumbar spine area
  • Pain that comes and goes
  • Pain that gets worse from sitting for a while
  • Increasing pain after you lift something heavy or twist your spine
  • Feeling better when you walk or lie down
  • Pain that affects not only your spine, but also your buttocks, thighs, neck, arms and hands
  • Weakness in your legs
  • Numbness and tingling sensations in your extremities

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 Nov 12, 2021 by Dr. Hosny (Interventional Spine Specialist) of The Spine & Rehab Group
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