Diagnosis & Treatment for Degenerative Disc Disease
Degenerative disc disease, or arthritis of the spine, is a progressive condition that affects nearly 90 percent of the population. For many people, this condition is asymptomatic and may never require treatment. Those who develop the condition early should seek treatment to ensure their spine stays healthy and strong for years to come.
Spinal discs are round, rubbery pieces of cartilage that absorb impact. In individuals with degenerative disc disease, spinal discs wear down over time. The disease may develop naturally or be initiated by a spinal injury. Treatment for degenerative disc disease is typically recommended for those who suffer chronic back pain as a result of the condition.
Signs of Degenerative Disc Disease:
- Back or neck pain that lasts more than a month
- Painful muscle spasms
- Pain when maintaining a sitting or standing position
- Difficulty bending down or twisting your body
- Back or neck pain that is temporary but severe
There is no cure at this time for degenerative disc disease, but its symptoms and associated conditions can be treated. Depending on the severity of your symptoms and risk factors, Dr. Biscup may recommend any of the following: