Degenerative Disc Disease
What Is Degenerative Disc Disease?
Degenerative disc disease is a condition that explains whenever your intervertebral discs start to break down. Similar to glue, the discs of your spine hold the tiny vertebrae together. Each disc is filled with a jelly-like substance and serves as cushioning between the junction of the vertebrae.
As the body ages, the material that composes the discs and keeps the fluid contained begins to degrade, which increases the chances of a ruptured discs, herniated discs, and degenerative disc disease. If you suffer from degenerative disc disease, the pain and discomfort can significantly change the way you enjoy life.
However, you don’t have to take it lying down. The medical professionals at Hudson Valley Spine and Pain offer years of experience treating degenerative disc disease and will help restore your quality of life.
Symptoms of Degenerative Disc Disease
If you have degenerative disc disease, the symptoms you experience are directly related to the location of your degraded disc. In cases of a degenerative disc in the lumbar portion of the back, you may experience numbness and pain in the buttock, hips, or in the legs. For cervical degenerative discs, there will be numbness and pain in the neck, shoulders, arms and legs. Other general symptoms of degenerative disc disease include:
- Cramping or throbbing pain localized at the point of nerve compression
- Pain that radiates from the site of compression to the extremities.
- Tingling and pins-and-needles sensation that either remains stationary or radiates from the site of nerve compression
- Numbness or weakness in the muscles
Causes of Degenerative Disc Disease
The main cause of degenerative disc disease is the progression of age. As you grow older, your intervertebral discs will naturally dehydrate; while the proteins designed to keep them healthy will deteriorate.
In many cases degenerative disc disease is directly related to osteoarthritis, a disease of the joints in which the cartilage and interstitial fluid deteriorates leaving bone to bone contact. However, degenerative disc disease happens in your back.
Weight can also be correlated with degenerative disc disease. As a person gains weight, there is more strain on the back which can cause an acceleration of the degradation process. Some other causes may include:
- Poor posture
- Trauma or injury
- The use of tobacco products
Contact Hudson Valley Spine and Pain for Degenerative Disc Disease Pain Relief
Although degenerative disc disease painful, the medical professionals at Hudson Valley Spine and Pain can help you find relief. We’ll use our decades of experience to help you navigate your way through degenerative disc disease to a higher quality of life.