Our goal at the DISC Spine Institute is to remove the pain associated with degenerative disc as quickly as possible, by the least invasive means possible.
Degenerative disc disease is not a disease per se, but rather a degenerative condition. The word â€śdiseaseâ€ť tends to be confusing, leading to misconceptions about the condition. But, what is important to know is that degeneration is, in many cases, unavoidable. The discs, which live between the vertebrae, naturally lose their water content as we age and can also be affected by injury. As the water content is reduced, so too is the discâ€™s ability to act as a buffer.
The pain that people feel when theyâ€™re suffering from disc degeneration comes from a lack of a cushioning effect from the desiccated (dried out) disc. This puts more stress on the adjacent vertebrae (bones) and joints, which in turn causes more pain.Â When a disc dries out, it can also herniate and/or tear, causing more back or leg pain. Even minor movements can start to feel unbearable in serious cases. While not everyone experiences discomfort related to this condition, those who do can benefit from a variety of treatments to eliminate the pain.