Degenerative disc disease (DDD) can cause debilitating neck and back pain that prevents patients from living a full, happy life.
The pain of degenerative disc disease can manifest itself in several ways. It can be chronic and persistent, or it may be intermittent, beginning abruptly and fading into asymptomatic periods. It can be localized in the neck or back, or radiate to the shoulders, hips, buttocks and limbs. The pain also might be sharp, burning or aching. After establishing a proper diagnosis of DDD, a physician may prescribe medications to relieve discomfort.
Medications a physician may prescribe for degenerative disc disease include:
- Over-the-counter pain relievers
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (also called NSAIDs)
- Prescription pain relievers and narcotics
- Muscle relaxants
- Steroid injections
Of the symptoms caused by degenerative disc disease, pain is the most devastating. When rest and special degenerative disc disease exercises fail to ease pain, medication may provide relief and allow for the restoration of daily activities.
In some cases, patients may not respond to conservative treatment, and surgery is recommended by a physician. It is reasonable to determine the least invasive, yet effective, surgical treatment possible. Please investigate the minimally invasive procedures performed at Laser Spine Institute. Laser Spine Institute offers procedures with shorter recovery periods and lower risk than traditional open spine surgery of all types. Contact us today for a review of your MRI or CT scan, and to receive more information about our facilities.