Degenerative disc disease symptoms

Degenerative disc disease symptoms vary from patient to patient due to factors like age, weight and other spinal conditions present. Issues like bulging and herniated discs or spinal arthritis are usually degenerative in nature and occur because the discs and joints in your spine dry out and lose elasticity as you age. Pain or other symptoms related to degenerative disc disease typically happens when deterioration starts to cause compression of a spinal nerve.

Treatment for symptoms is normally focused on relieving pressure placed on the nerve by a damaged disc. For many patients, conservative techniques are typically effective.

Degenerative disc disease

The discs in your spine sit between the vertebrae and act as shock absorbers to aid with motion. Years of natural wear and tear and declining circulation contribute to the disc degeneration and loss of disc height that occurs in everyone’s spine. People are generally only diagnosed with degenerative disc disease if they begin to experience specific painful symptoms due to interference with the nerves in your spine.

Some of the most common degenerative disc disease symptoms associated with nerve compression include:

  • Local inflammation and swelling
  • Numbness and tingling in the extremities
  • Burning or shooting pain in the hips, buttocks and legs
  • Headaches

Treating degenerative disc disease symptoms

Upon diagnosis, doctors often recommend some combination of anti-inflammatory medication, physical therapy and lifestyle changes like posture improvement or weight management. Stretching techniques, hot and cold compresses and rest are also effective conservative techniques.

Should your degenerative disc disease symptoms continue after a full round of conservative treatment and surgery is being recommended, contact Laser Spine Institute. We can help you learn about our minimally invasive spine surgery that is an alternative to traditional open spine surgery.

Our minimally invasive decompression surgery can help relieve pressure from the pinched nerve by removing a small piece of the damaged spine. For some cases of advanced deterioration, where a full disc removal and spinal fusion is required, our board-certified surgeons+ can perform a minimally invasive stabilization procedure. Both types of procedures are performed on an outpatient basis through the use of muscle-sparing techniques.

To find out if you are a candidate for our minimally invasive spine surgery, contact Laser Spine Institute today and request a no-cost review* of your MRI or CT scan.