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What is Degenerative Disc Disease?
Degenerative Disc Disease involves the discs that cushion the spinal vertebrae. They can wear down allowing the vertebrae to rub together. This can cause discomfort during regular movement, twisting, or bending. It can also lead to other spine issues such as spinal stenosis, or a herniated disc.
What Causes Degenerative Disc Disease?
Disc degeneration is a normal part of aging, but it does not cause pain symptoms for everyone. Pain can occur from Degenerative Disc Disease when a spinal disc has lost a significant amount of water, or if there are any cracks or tears to the discs. Degenerative disk pain can happen at any place on the spine, and pain levels can vary. If left untreated, it may get worse over time.
What Are Common Degenerative Disc Disease Symptoms?
Symptoms of degenerative disc disease can be very painful and disrupting to normal activities. However, symptoms may come and go. Other leading symptoms include:
If you think you are experiencing the symptoms of degenerative disc disease, use our pain assessment tool to start your diagnosis.
Non-Surgical Treatment Options for Degenerative Disc Disease
Non-surgical options can be a path to pain relief for many suffering from Degenerative Disc Disease. At Texas Surgical Hospital, an expert will walk you through your options and will partner with you to find the best solution. Non-surgical options to consider include:
Surgical Treatments for Degenerative Disc Disease
Surgical Treatments for Degenerative Disc Disease may be the best route for someone with severe loss of function or has constant pain. After careful consideration with an expert one of the following surgical treatments may be recommended:
As with any spine condition, it’s important to seek medical advice and treatment before it becomes too serious. Whether non-surgical or surgical treatment, the path to a pain-free life waiting is for you. Find the right treatment for you with our treatment finder assessment.