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Degenerative Disc Disease

The Breakdown of the Spine’s ‘Shock-Absorbers’

Degenerative disc disease isn’t technically a disease – it’s an age-related breakdown of the spinal discs, the cushions between the spinal vertebrae. Injuries to the back may also cause this condition.

The spinal discs have a firm outer layer and a soft core. As discs lose water content, either due to the aging process or the buildup of injury-related scar tissue, discs become less effective at cushioning the spine. As discs collapse, vertebrae move closer together, creating excess pressure on the spine and misalignment that can result in pinched nerves.

Degenerative disc disease and most conditions that cause chronic back pain tend to improve with non-surgical treatment. If you’ve been unable to find relief for back pain, the experienced pain management specialists at Center for Pain Management may be able to help you. Please contact us to schedule a consultation: (317) 706-7246.

Degenerative Disc Disease Symptoms

Most people have some degree of disc degeneration by age 60, with or without symptoms that may include:

  • Back pain when sitting
  • Pain that becomes worse when bending or twisting
  • Numbness or tingling in the arms and legs
  • Intermittent episodes of pain, lasting days, weeks, or months
  • Sharp, localized pain

People with a background in contact sports or a history of back injuries may show signs of this condition in their 30s or 40s.

Degenerative Disc Disease Treatment

A combination of physical therapy, pain-relieving steroid injections, and medication may help alleviate the pain associated with disc degeneration. Surgery is generally not recommended unless the condition is debilitating and all other treatment options have failed.

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If your back pain is interfering with your quality of life, we encourage you to contact us. 

At Center for Pain Management, we use non-invasive techniques and customized treatment plans to relieve chronic back pain for our patients.

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