Degenerative disc disease occurs in the back/neck (spine) as the discs age, beginning the process of degeneration. The discs in your back (spine) provide cushioning for the bones (vertebrae) above and below them, making daily movement comfortable. When discs begin to deteriorate, they lose elasticity, density, and fluid volume. Small tears or cracks may appear in the outer layers of the discs, making them weak. This makes performing cushioning difficult, leaving the bones in the back (vertebrae in the spine) inadequately supported from the discs.
Degenerative disc disease is part of the natural process of getting older. It is sometimes seen in very active younger people or people who have suffered form an injury to their back. The symptoms include pain in the legs or back, tingling or numbness in your buttocks or legs, and difficulty walking. Though degenerative disc disease cannot be cured, pain usually improves over time.
Treatment for Degenerative Disc Disease
This is a serious condition, but can be treated by your medical professional. We specialize in treating chronic pain related to many vertebral conditions. A diagnostic consultation is usually the first step and important to creating a customized treatment plan for the patient. Our physicians use individualized treatment plans that allow our patients to fulfill their daily routines without pain. If you would like to take the next step in treating the symptoms of degenerative disc disease, contact KureSmart Pain Management today and schedule a consultation.
Kathy Grimley, a patient of Dr. Paul Davies, suffers from Degenerative Disc Disease and has been dealing with severe pain for many years. Kathy suffered neck trauma after a car accident in her early 20‘s but what really set off her neck pain was something as simple as teaching her granddaughter to swim. When the pain first became too much to bear Kathy went to a Chiropractor. After a few months of treatment, she still felt a great deal of pain and decided she needed to add another method of treatment along with the Chiropractic care.
A friend and former patient of Dr. Davies referred her to KureSmart Pain Management for the treatment of Degenerative Disc Disease. She has now been a patient of Dr. Davies for the last two years and says, “There is no way I could continue to work and live a normal life without Dr. Davies’ treatment.”
Dr. Davies first treated Kathy with Facet Joint Injection and Epidural Steroid Injections. After receiving the first set of injections Kathy claims, “I felt better within days.” She eventually had to undergo surgery to treat her Disc Degenerative Disease, but due to these treatments, she was able to postpone that for quite some time. Now as part of her continued treatment plan she receives Trigger Point Injections twice a month and massage therapy to keep her muscles relaxed and her body at peace.
Kathy describes the treatment for Disc Degenerative Disease at KureSmart Pain Management as, “an overwhelmingly great feeling. The joint effort from everyone is amazing and I feel like a queen when I walk into the office. The staff is great and can‘t do enough to make you feel comfortable.”