Degenerative disc disease in the lumbar spine, or lower back, refers to a syndrome in which age-related wear and tear on a spinal disc causes low back pain. Intervertebral discs are tough, fibrous structures that act as ligaments between vertebrae, absorbing pressure and providing cushioning for the spinal column. Discs are flexible yet sturdy enough to facilitate movement such as bending forward, backward, and side to side.
Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD) is often characterized by back pain or neck pain when you sit or stand for long periods of time. If you’re familiar with this pain, you know how it can interfere with your life. But what can you do to help manage the pain? You’re in luck—SpineOne offers multiple treatment options for DDD. Our physicians are published experts in treating DDD and will help outline your path to managing the pain of this condition.
Degenerative discs occur over time after repeated stress/strain on the back and aging. The disc gradually dehydrates and loses height. The normal positioning of structures within the spine begin to change with narrowing of passageways and overgrowth of bone. This process accompanies disc herniation, spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis and bone spurs. Poor lifting techniques, being overweight and smoking contribute to the development of DDD.
In many cases a combination of treatments is needed for effective pain management. SpineOne patients receiving minimally-invasive procedures and following up with physical therapy have reported significant and ongoing DDD pain relief..
Prolonged bed rest is not recommended, and typically makes back pain worse. It may be helpful to rest for a day or so when pain is most severe, but staying inactive for prolonged periods can weaken the muscles and stiffen the spine, leading to increased pain.