The cartilaginous discs found between the vertebrae are often referred to as discogenic. These discs generally absorb the shock placed on the spine during day-to-day activities and movement. During the aging process, these discs can lose some of their water mass. This is a process called degeneration. When this type of degeneration takes place, the patient may be at risk of developing a number of discogenic conditions and symptoms.
Causes of discogenic disease
Discogenic disease is a term for a number of conditions that patients can develop as a part of the natural aging and degeneration process. So, naturally, the main cause for these conditions is the aging process. Over time, day-to-day activities begin to wear on the discs, specifically in the cervical and lumbar regions of the spine. This can ultimately lead to conditions, such as:
- Disc protrusion
- Bulging discs
- Thinning or collapsed discs
- Herniated discs
Symptoms and treatment
Not all patients experiencing these conditions will have pain. In fact, of the 80 percent of American adults who experience back pain, only 10 percent are unable to find relief in rest and conservative treatments. However, when these conditions result in nerve irritation, pressure on the spinal cord or compression, patients will often experience chronic pain, numbness, tingling and weakness.
The first step for patients experiencing these conditions is to try conservative treatments. If after exhausting all conservative treatments you are still experiencing chronic pain, contact Laser Spine Institute for a free review of your most recent MRI or CT scan. Laser Spine Institute offers effective alternatives to traditional open back procedures. Laser Spine Institute has helped more than 40,000 patients to date. To see if you are a candidate, call today.