As you get older, the structures that make up your spine change, especially around the intervertebral discs. Gradually they can become damaged or prematurely deteriorate, losing their ability to function efficiently as part of the spinal joint. If problems progress, you may struggle with severe back pain that requires the intervention of a trained orthopedic surgeon.
At Desert Institute for Spine Care in Arizona, our goal is to provide outstanding and compassionate care to those struggling with degenerative disc disease. Our doctors are leaders in spinal care and can provide a wide range of minimally invasive treatment options to help you manage pain and strengthen your back.
The spine is composed of 33 vertebrae bones. To prevent them from grinding together, soft, compressible discs are found between each bone. As you age, spinal discs lose moisture content and can become stiff, thin and brittle.
Tiny cracks to the tough, cartilage-like exterior of the disc can cause the gel-like interior to bulge or rupture, also called a herniated disc. This can put additional pressure on nerves, leading to chronic back, neck, leg or arm pain.
Degenerative disc disease most often impacts the lumbar spinal region or lower back. However, the condition can also affect the cervical spine, or neck region, and other parts of the spine. The part of the spine that is damaged will impact where you experience pain.
There are a variety of symptoms that could indicate degenerative disc disease, including:
At DISC, our doctors specialize in a full range of treatment options for degenerative disc disease. Rather than helping you manage symptoms, our goal is to diagnose and treat the source of your pain and prevent it from returning. DISC surgeons always recommend the least invasive options based on the diagnosis and identified pain generator.
The recommendation could include non-surgical treatments like:
If non-surgical treatment is not providing you with the relief you need, and you are still experiencing painful symptoms from degenerative disc disease, your disc surgeon may recommend a least invasive endoscopic spine surgery or a minimally invasive spine surgery. We are leaders in a variety of least invasive techniques and will walk you through the process to ensure you fully understand your options and surgical treatment plan.
We are innovators in endoscopic spine surgery using a minimally invasive surgical technique that utilizes Selective Endoscopic Discectomy™ (SED™) instrumentation. This allows our surgeons to address the damage caused by degenerative disc disease through a small "keyhole" incision, less than 1/4 inch in size.
If you are experiencing chronic back pain, you may have degenerative disc disease and an accompanying disorder such as a herniated disc or spinal stenosis. You don't have to continue struggling with these painful symptoms on your own. The doctors at DISC want to restore your lifestyle so you can enjoy life again.
Contact us today to schedule your appointment with one of our highly skilled and compassionate spine doctors. We have centers located in and throughout the Phoenix, AZ area. We would be happy to walk you through your treatment options and find ones that best suit your unique needs.