What is degenerative disc disease?

Degenerative Disc Disease

Patients who suffer from severe back pain are often on the lookout for degenerative disc treatment that may offer some relief. While there is no cure for degenerative disc disease, it helps to understand this condition that everyone will experience to some degree, even if they do not experience pain symptoms. Holland Physical Therapy explains degenerative disc treatment options and what can cause the disease.

How do I get degenerative disc disease?

Unfortunately, degenerative disc disease is often a normal process of wear and tear as our body ages. The spinal discs that provide cushion between vertebrae may become less effective, dry out or become thinner and less able to absorb the shock of our normal daily activities.

These discs may also slip or bulge from their normal position. This is also known as a herniated disc. For patients who suffer from osteoarthritis, bone growth may fill in the spaces left by the loss of cushion causing pain in people who seek out degenerative disc treatment.

What are the symptoms of degenerative disc disease?

Depending on where the degeneration of disc occurs, symptoms can be varied:

  • Pain radiating from the lumbar spine down the buttock and leg in the lower back
  • Pain radiating down the arm to the hands in the cervical spine
  • Tingling or numbness
  • Muscle weakness
  • Spinal instability which can cause symptoms

How can I treat degenerative disc disease?

While there is no cure, degenerative disc treatment can help slow the advance of the disease. Exercising to strengthen the muscles of the back and core can help stabilize the back and reduce pain. Maintaining your weight can reduce pressure and strain on the back.

Spinal fusion surgery can help stabilize the back and remove excess bone growth. This is a last resort solution, as there is inherent risk involved with any surgery.

Degenerative disc treatment with Holland Physical Therapy

Physical therapy is an excellent option for those seeking degenerative disc treatment. Stretches and manual therapies can help increase range of motion. Strength-building exercises can be performed under the care of an expert.

Contact us today to schedule your first appointment and go over treatment options.