Degenerative spine conditions occur as a result of the natural aging process. As we age, our bodies respond to the wear and tear we place on our necks, backs and spines by making adaptive changes. These changes can sometimes do more harm than good by causing degenerative spine conditions and a number of painful symptoms.
Examples of Degenerative Conditions in the Spine
Many age-related spinal conditions are also associated with degenerative disc disease, another condition that can occur as we get older. Spinal discs are positioned between each of our vertebrae to provide cushion and absorb impact. The cartilage on the outside of these discs becomes weaker as we age and the jelly-like center can lose water content – leading to conditions associated with degenerative disc disease such as collapsed, bulging, and herniated discs. Since our spinal discs are responsible for keeping our vertebrae in the proper position, degenerative disc disease can cause vertebrae to move too closely together and the nerves in our spines to become impinged.
Several degenerative conditions can lead to increased pressure on spinal nerve roots and the spinal cord, including:
- Spinal stenosis – This condition occurs when the spinal canal becomes constricted. It is often caused by bone spurs, bulging or herniated discs, and shifted vertebrae.
- Osteoarthritis – Our joints are cushioned by cartilage which deteriorates as we age. This deterioration is known as osteoarthritis. A bevy of symptoms are the result, including pain and stiffness in the spine when the joints between the vertebrae – called facet joints – are left without cushioning due to degenerating cartilage.
Treatment Options at Laser Spine Institute
These are only some of the degenerative spine conditions that are treated by the doctors at Laser Spine Institute. Contact us today to learn about our safe and effective outpatient procedures that can help you rediscover your life without back or neck pain. We can even provide you with a free MRI or CT scan review to determine if you are a candidate for our minimally invasive treatments.