Most people have some degree of spinal disc degeneration by the time they reach age 60, though not everyone suffers the back pain of degenerative disc disease. Board-certified orthopedic surgeon Miles L. Singer, DO, FACOS, FAOAO, and the team at Specialists in Spine Surgery treat degenerative disc disease at four clinics in Livonia, Garden City, Farmington Hills, and Dearborn, Michigan. For personalized care of degenerative disc disease, call your nearest office or book an appointment online today.
Spinal discs are tough, rubbery pads that act as shock absorbers between your back bones (vertebrae). Age-related wear-and-tear to your spine may lead to degenerative disc disease.
Although it’s not actually a disease, this condition occurs when degenerative changes to a spinal disc cause pain.
Several factors can cause degenerative disc disease, including:
When you’re born, your spinal discs contain about 80% water. Over time, discs dry out and are no longer able to absorb shock as effectively.
Playing sports or performing repetitive activities like lifting heavy objects can cause tears in the disc.
When a disc becomes injured, it can lead to swelling, soreness, and instability. Because spinal discs have very little blood supply, they can’t repair themselves the way other tissues in your body do. This can lead to disc degeneration.
Degenerative disc disease may cause pain in the neck or lower back, depending on the location of the disc damage. Common symptoms of degenerative disc disease include:
You may experience temporary relief from pain if you walk, run, or change positions when lying down.
First, the team at Specialists in Spine Surgery reviews your medical history and performs a physical exam. They may also take tests, like a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan to look for damaged discs.
Then, they explain your condition and discuss your best options for treatment. Depending on your needs, treatment for degenerative disc disease may include:
If your pain and symptoms persist despite nonsurgical treatments, the team at Specialists in Spine Surgery may recommend a surgical procedure, such as artificial disc replacement or spinal fusion. They make sure you understand all your treatment options and feel confident making a decision.
To find relief from degenerative disc disease, call Specialists in Spine Surgery or book an appointment online today.