Disc generation is mostly caused due to the aging effect. The fluid-filled discs between the vertebrae provide a cushioning effect allowing a smooth movement between adjacent vertebrae. Over time, the fluid-filled discs can become less flexible leading to severe pain, Spinal Cord Compression, or affecting nerves that radiate from it. If left untreated, it can cause back stiffness, spinal inability, and loss of movement.
There are two types of injuries associated with this spine condition: Bulging Disc vs. Slipped Disc. A bulging disc occurs when the intervertebral disc bulges outside its normal position in the spine. A slipped disc occurs when a crack in the outer layer causes the inner layer to rupture the disc. It is considered more severe than a bulging disc as it puts extra pressure on the nearby nerves causing shooting pain in the back and neck.
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The most dominating symptoms of this condition are neck and back pain. Other signs and symptoms include:
Mild symptoms of degenerative disc disease can be treated with rest and medications.
If back and neck pain caused by degenerative disc disease doesn’t respond well to therapeutic injections or medication, our doctors recommend surgery for degenerative disc disease. Surgical options include:
Southern California Brain & Spine Surgery, Dr. Moksha Ranasinghe provides top-quality treatment to the patient suffering from Degenerative disc disease. We provide individualized care to each patient and ensure you return to a healthy and pain-free life as quickly as possible.
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The surgery options for degenerative disc disease include Discectomy, Cervical Spine, Discectomy, Lumbar discectomy, Artificial Disc Replacement, and Spinal Fusion.
No. Degenerated disc disease is not life-threatening but if left untreated, it can cause severe pain and other serious conditions such as spinal osteoarthritis, Spinal Stenosis, herniated disc, and even paralysis (in severe cases).
If you are experiencing pain due to a degenerative disc and the pain continues after 6 months of Nonsurgical back pain treatments, then you may require surgery for complete recovery.