Discogenic endplate changes can play a role in degenerative spine disease, but you may not have even heard of these parts of your spine or how they can transform over time. A cushioning disc separates each of the vertebrae in your spine, and on the top and bottom of every vertebrae, at the point where the vertebrae contacts the disc, is a section of thickened bone called an endplate. Just like the discs in your spine, these endplates can degenerate naturally over time and lead to a variety of potentially problematic spinal conditions.
Causes of endplate problems
Discogenic endplate changes can occur naturally due to aging, as these structures can degenerate over time due to normal wear and tear. Overuse, improper lifting, pressure from a herniated disc and other factors can also cause your endplates to deform and possibly become dysfunctional. For instance, the endplate can potentially become detached from the disc, leaving the disc with no supply of nutrients and oxygen that it normally receives from the endplate through osmosis. Regardless of the cause, endplate changes can result in serious degenerative disc conditions that can cause life-altering effects.
If discogenic endplate changes over time have caused you to develop a degenerative disc condition such as a bulging or herniated disc, the pain, stiffness, numbness and tingling that often result can quickly rob you of a normal, functional lifestyle. However, there are a variety of non-surgical treatment options for such degenerative disc problems, including anti-inflammatory and pain-reducing medications, exercise, stretching, physical therapy, acupuncture, weight management techniques and more. For certain individuals, the situation is serious enough to require surgery. If you’d like to learn more about discogenic endplate changes, the problems these natural transformations can cause, and treatment options available to you, contact Laser Spine Institute today. We offer a variety of effective, minimally invasive outpatient procedures that can help you find relief from back pain. Contact Laser Spine Institute for your MRI review to determine if you are a candidate for one of our procedures.