One of the major sources of back pain is a condition called degenerative disc disease. This condition, which often occurs later in life, may cause severe back pain and even difficulty moving if it is not properly treated. It’s important to see a pain specialist for proper diagnosis of your back pain as soon as possible to determine its cause and find the right treatment.
What is Degenerative Disc Disease? Inside your spine, cushioning discs are located between each vertebra. These discs operate to absorb the shock of daily activities and maintain spinal flexibility. Spinal discs are largely comprised of fluid. Over time, this fluid can either dry up or be forced out of the disc if it experiences a rupture. Without proper cushioning, the vertebrae of the spine rub together, causing back pain that may be acute or chronic.
What Are The Symptoms Of Degenerative Disc Disease? The symptoms of degenerative disc disease may differ depending on the person. Generally, this condition is characterized by back or neck pain, as well as associated arm or leg pain if a nerve is affected. Generally, pain will be observed to worsen with movement, especially bending or twisting, and you may experience loss of flexibility or range of motion as well.
How Can Degenerative Disc Disease Be Treated? The treatments available for degenerative disc disease depend on the severity of the condition and whether pain is felt. Heat or ice applied to the back and the use of over the counter pain medication may be sufficient for those experiencing little pain. For those who feel chronic back pain, a pain specialist may prescribe stronger pain medication, physical therapy, or other pain treatments. In some cases, surgical procedures such as a lumbar fusion or disc replacement may be an option.
Don’t let chronic back pain go untreated—call (888) 699-1334 or visit one of Pain Specialists of Orange County’s three locations in Irvine, Laguna Hills, or Mission Viejo. Our pain specialists will analyze your pain and offer the best treatment options to restore mobility and manage or eliminate back pain, including steroid injections, disc decompression, and more.