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Degenerative Disc Disease

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Degenerative Disc Disease

What is Degenerative Disc Disease? 

Degenerative Disc Disease is a common term used for several conditions of the spine that occur to the intervertebral discs of the spine with age. As we age, the intervertebral discs that act as shock absorbers in the spine lose some of their fluid content and therefore decrease in size and height. The combination of age and wear and tear may cause the discs to weaken, herniate or become thinner. Osteoarthritis, Sciatica and Spinal Stenosis may also develop as a result of Degenerative Disc Disease. 

Any of the intervertebral discs can degenerate; however, those of the neck and lower back are the ones most often affected. In many cases, Degenerative Disc Disease in its early stages typically does not cause symptoms. When symptoms do appear, they range in type and severity and can include: 

  • Pain in the neck or back 
  • Pain that radiates into the extremities 
  • Feeling of stiffness in the neck or back 
  • Pain in the back that is made better by sitting or standing 

If you are experiencing symptoms of Degenerative Disc Disease it is best to make an appointment with one of the Board Certified Spine Specialists at OSS Health as soon as possible. Delaying treatment may cause the symptoms to become worse.

The Spine Team at OSS Health has helped thousands of patients with Degenerative Disc Disease return to an active and healthy lifestyle using the latest non-surgical and surgical treatment options. 

How is Degenerative Disc Disease Treated at OSS Health? 

At OSS Health, Degenerative Disc Disease can usually be treated using non-surgical treatment options such as the following: 

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). 
  • Physical Therapy 
  • Activity modification 
  • Injections 

Degenerative Disc Disease itself is not treated with surgery. However, osteoarthritis, Spinal Stenosis, Herniated Discs and vertebral compression fractures that occur due to Degenerative Disc Disease may require surgical intervention. 

Depending upon your condition and if non-surgical options have not relieved your pain, your OSS Health Spine Specialist may recommend a Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery to relieve pain and correct the underlying spinal condition. At OSS Health, our Board Certified Spine Surgeons are experts in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery. 

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