Most people show at least a few signs of wear and tear on their spinal discs as they age. However, that doesn’t mean that everyone will have symptoms relating to degenerative disc disease.
What is Degenerative Disc Disease?
Degenerated Disc Disease is one of the most common causes of lower back pain and neck pain. When a patient is diagnosed with “degenerative disc disease” many become nervous or scared that their life is in danger. Its name sounds like a threatening disease, but that the name is misleading. The term “degenerative” or “degenerated” in this case refers to what has happened or will continue to happen to your discs due to aging. This process happens to everyone. As for calling it a disease, that’s wrong too. It isn’t a disease at all.
In short, degenerative disc disease is not actually a disease. Rather, it refers to the pain caused from a damaged or degenerated disc. A wide range of symptoms and severity is associated with degenerative disc disease. The Illinois Back Institute offers degenerative disc disease treatment to help relieve the pain and get your life back on track.
What are the Symptoms of Degenerated Discs?
- Pain in your spine that is worse when sitting due to added pressure on discs.
- Pain that worsens with lifting, bending or twisting
- Reduced pain when changing positions often, lying down or while walking or even running.
- Inconsistent periods of severe pain. Pain can range from annoying pain to severe, disabling pain and can last a few days to months before getting better.
- Sciatica pain including a burning sensation down the backs of your buttocks and legs.
- Numbness and tingling in the fingers and toes
Risk Factors Associated With Degenerative Disc Disease
There are many risk factors associated with degenerative disc disease including age. Other factors include:
- The drying out of discs. This causes us to not absorb shock as well, but can be treated with Functional Disc Stabilization™
- Strain put on discs due to physical activity including sports.
- Injuries that cause swelling, weakness, soreness, and instability
NOTE: Almost everyone will have some form of disc degeneration by the time they are 65. However, not all will endure lower back pain.
Degenerative Disc Disease Treatment
There are several degenerative disc disease treatment options available to people who are looking to recover from the pain caused from a degenerated disc including:
- Artificial Disc Replacement
- Surgical intervention
- Functional Disc Stabilization™