Degenerative Disc Disease Treatment
It’s inevitable – we all get older, and the process of aging brings with it the possibility of physical infermity. Although some bodies break down at a different rate than others, depending on lifestyle and heredity, it is important to recognize changes as they occur. One physical breakdown commonly treated by the spine experts at North Texas Brain & Spine Specialists is degenerative disc disease.
Degenerative disc disease isn’t really a disease so much as it is the result of natural wear and tear on your vertebrae over time. Our Board-Certified Neurosurgeon and spine specialist Dr. Jean Louis Benae has seen many of these cases in his years of practice. The vertebrae, made up of interlocking bones cushioned by shock-absorbing discs in between each section of the connecting bones, is the catalyst for fluid back movement.
The discs in the vertebrae allow flexing, bending, and twisting of the spine. When these discs start to break down, they force quite a bit of stress onto the spinal cord and nerves. Degeneration over time, along with any ensuing pain and loss of function, is what is referred to as degenerative disc disease.
What are the Causes of Degenerative Disc Disease?
As we grow older, the fluid and protein found inside cartilage in our body starts to slowly weaken and thin out. Because the discs between our vertebrae include cartilage, this causes reduced spinal flexibility and narrows the gap between each vertebra. There also is a possibility that over time that spinal discs will develop tears or cracks in their outer layers. This contributes to problems such as discs that bulge, rupture or fragment. Any one of these developments can be painful and debilitating.
Symptoms of Degenerative Disc Disease
The bad news with degenerative disc conditions is that symptoms will gradually worsen. Back and neck pain are always a possibility with this type of deterioration. This can vary based on individual circumstances, such as the amount of damage that has taken place. As they break down, spinal nerves surrounding the affected areas become irritated. Problems may go beyond issues with the back and spine, potentially causing pain to radiate down to the legs (a condition called sciatica). It’s important to report these symptoms to our Dallas neurosurgeon as soon as you start to notice a problem.
Spine Pain Treatment
Our team here at North Texas Brain & Spine Specialists is dedicated to providing an assortment of spine treatments, both surgical and non-surgical, as well as minimally invasive spine surgery. Although degenerative disc disease is not completely curable, our goal is to fit each patient with the right treatment that will give him or her the most pain relief. Our nerve and spine specialist will always consider conservative options first, if applicable to your situation. If the severity of back pain and spine instability is great enough, however, back surgery may be the best option. if you have other questions about back pain treatments including Herniated Disc Treatment, speak to our spine surgeon.
To schedule a consultation with our North Texas Brain & Spine Specialists neurosurgeon concerning degenerative disc disease, Call our office in McKinney at (972) 704-1535 or contact us online to learn more or schedule an appointment.