Degenerative Disc Disease
Degenerative disc disease refers to the changes in the spine that take place over time, which may lead to severe pain and other symptoms, as well as conditions such as osteoarthritis, herniated disc or spinal stenosis. As we age, our inter vertebral discs lose fluid and become less flexible, and may bulge, herniate or thin. Sometimes trauma can be the initial precipitating factor that can lead to disc degeneration.
Patients with degenerative disc disease often experience back and/or neck pain that tends to worsen with activity. Pain may radiate through the arms or legs, and may be accompanied by numbness or tingling as well.
Treatment for this condition usually involves applying ice or heat to the affected area and taking anti-inflammatory medication to help relieve pain. Some patients may require more advanced treatment, especially when degenerative disc disease progresses to a more serious condition. Surgery may be performed to remove the damaged disc in severe cases.