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Degenerative Disc Disease

A Spinal Disc Condition Related to Age

Degenerative disc disease can cause significant pain for patients who are advanced in age. Although it is referred to as a disease, it is actually an age-related condition that causes the spinal discs to deteriorate, or bulge. The end result for many patients is limited mobility and moderate to severe spinal pain. The concerned and experienced spinal surgeons at miVIP can help relieve or manage your spinal pain by performing spinal fusion, which is a minimally invasive degenerative disc disease treatment.

Many elderly patients come to miVIP for treatment of degenerative disc disease symptoms because they know they can trust our experienced and highly-trained surgeons to give them the best surgical care possible. Patients who do not want to deal with the lengthy and painful recovery times associated with invasive spinal surgery can undergo minimally invasive spinal surgical procedures under the care of our trusted surgeons.

Prevalence of Condition

Studies illustrate that approximately 85 percent of elderly individuals who are 50 years old and older are affected by degenerative disc disease and should seek treatment. Of the 65 million Americans who experience chronic back pain, it is believed that many of them actually have degenerative disc disease that may be treated with a degenerative disc disease treatment, such as spinal fusion.

Common Causes of Degenerative Disc Disease

As individuals age, their spinal discs begin to deteriorate. This natural age-related process is referred to as degeneration. As spinal discs degenerate, they may begin to bulge or leak fluid and cause the spine to become less mobile and more painful. Spinal fusion is one type of degenerative disc disease treatment may help to alleviate pain and other related symptoms. Common causes of degenerative disc disease development include:

  • Obesity
  • Injury
  • Excessive physical labor
  • Smoking

Common Symptoms of Degenerative Disc Disease

Some individuals do not experience any noticeable symptoms of degenerative disc disease, while others may suffer from excruciating back or neck pain because of the condition. Some common symptoms of degenerative disc disease include:

  • Mild to severe back or neck pain that becomes more pronounced when twisting, bending, sitting, or lifting
  • Weakened leg muscles
  • Pain that affects the neck, lower back, thighs, or buttocks
  • Tingling and numbness in the limbs
  • Pain reduction when walking

Treatment Options

If your symptoms are not effectively treated with pain relievers, rest, and cold or hot compresses, your physician may recommend one of the following degenerative disc disease treatment options:

  • Spinal Fusion: A minimally invasive surgical procedure performed by fusing two or more vertebrae together in order to immobilize the damaged spinal section and decrease pain. This procedure may be performed on the upper section of spine (cervical fusion) or on the lower section of spine (lumbar fusion).
  • Physical Therapy: Selective exercises and stretching movements that are meant to reduce pain, increase flexibility, and strengthen the spine.
  • Artificial Disc Replacement: Artificial discs are typically made from biopolymers or metal. These discs are designed to replace damaged discs and mimic the function of a natural, healthy disc.

Prognosis of Degenerative Disc Disease

Your degenerative disc disease prognosis depends on the severity of your condition. Take steps to prevent further injury before and after your spinal fusion treatment by minimizing overuse of the spine, maintaining a healthy lifestyle and weight, and taking pain medications as prescribed.

Relief May Be Possible

To find out if you are a good candidate for degenerative disc disease treatment, schedule a consultation with miVIP by calling 877.956.2263 today!

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