Though many of the specifics about degenerative disc disease are unknown and disagreed upon by practitioners, the basic neck and back pain symptoms and the behavior of the disease are both known. Degenerative disc disease is one of the most common reasons for neck and back pain, although people diagnosed with the disease shouldn’t panic—its degeneration won’t debilitate you in the way that many spinal disorders can. Although you should visit a back specialist for diagnosis, here is a basic overview of the disease:
The lumbar disc system in your back is a system that works in between your vertebrae, providing cushion and shock support for the actions that your back has to endure. There are two parts of a disc: the annulus fibrosus and the nucleus pulposus. If the content in the middle of the disc, the nucleus, comes into contact with a nerve or the outer portion of the disc, this could potentially trigger neck and low back pain.
If caught early or if the degeneration is still mild enough, then neck and back pain can be treated with a variety of non-surgical methods. Heat and ice packs or various medications are the simplest methods of relieving neck and back pain. However, exercise is one of the most effective methods for lessening neck and back pain. In addition to these measures, a patient may also be a candidate for various spine injections such as epidural steroid injections.
If you are experiencing neck or back pain, then contact SpineOne. Call (303) 367-2225 for more information about all of our various treatment options.