Degenerative Disc Treatment – Bay Area Disc Centers
Degenerative disc disease is a condition in which immense pain is caused by a damaged disc. Typically, this pain stems from normal changes to the discs within the spine. But these normal changes are not supposed to cause pain or discomfort. The spinal discs are similar to shock absorbers. They help your spine remain flexible, so you may bend and move without hindrance. As you age, the spine and discs both display signs of normal wear and tear. It happens to just about all of us at some point.
Here at Bay Area Disc Centers, we know the causes, diagnosis methods, and top degenerative disc treatment options available to patients. Dr. Ferrigno suggests a doctor-supervised exercise program, mild stretching, and core exercises to provide better flexibility and improved health for the discs themselves. It’s best to avoid remaining in one position for too long. As such, office workers tend to be the most susceptible to degenerative disc disease.
Over time, degenerative disc disease can become debilitating. Patients who visit Bay Area Disc Centers often do so with the assistance of a walker or cane, as they are unable to successfully move of their own accord. Any routine activities, such as cleaning or cooking, are no longer a possibility. The pain and discomfort are too much to bear.
When that happens, Bay Area Disc Centers utilizes the most recent technologies and advanced medical treatment options available. Our degenerative disc treatment benefits from our S.P.I.N.E. approach, in which we focus on Spinal Decompression, Physiotherapy, Inter-segmental Mobilization, Nutritional Support, and Exercise Rehabilitation.
Degenerative Disc Disease Symptoms
The symptoms of degenerative disc disease are varied. In some cases, there may be no symptoms at all before a diagnosis. If you do experience symptoms, however, they may include:
- Increased pain when bending or twisting the spine
- Spinal instability, which feels like you’re unable to support your neck or back properly
- Muscle tension or spasms
- Radiating pain felt in the shoulder, arm, or hand.
- Reduced pain when changing positions often
Degenerative Disc Disease Causes
There are many causes of degenerative disc disease, including:
- Drying – When we are born, the spinal discs are made of mostly water. As we age, these discs grow thinner and lose their water, therefore turning brittle.
- Cracks – Everyday movements and minor back injuries cause cracks to slowly form along the spinal discs.
Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease
Cervical degenerative disc disease is a common cause of neck pain and arm pain after trauma or because of old age. We can diagnose the disease once a disc becomes symptomatic following any sort of damage or trauma.
Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease
Lumbar degenerative disc disease, which occurs in the lower back, is typically caused because of age-related wear and tear on the discs. Most commonly, this condition results in lower back pain, especially while moving or in certain positions. When you experience such pain, give us a call. We’ll arrange for a consultation and diagnosis promptly.
Together, we can avoid spinal surgery in Campbell and San Mateo, CA, and put you on the path to a healthier spine. Call Bay Area Disc Centers at 408-866-0300 for our Campbell, CA, office or 650-375-2545 for our San Mateo, CA, office!