Degenerative disc disease symptoms and treatment methods

Degenerative disc disease symptoms of pain, numbness, tingling and/or muscle weakness occur when a herniated or bulging disc leads to the compression of the spinal cord or a nerve root. The location of these symptoms will vary depending on which region of the spine is affected. Compression in the cervical spine, for instance, will lead to discomfort in the neck, upper back, shoulders and/or arms. When the lumbar spine is affected, symptoms may be experienced in the lower back, hips, buttocks and/or legs. These regions are the most likely to develop degenerative disc disease (or the gradual deterioration of the intervertebral discs) because they are highly flexible and support great amounts of weight.

Noninvasive treatment

In most instances, degenerative disc disease symptoms can be relieved through the use of conservative, noninvasive treatment, which may involve:

  • The use of over-the-counter, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Physical therapy
  • Hot/cold therapy
  • Moderate exercise and strength training initiatives
  • Posture modification exercises

Laser Spine Institute

If several weeks or months of non-invasive treatment are unable to relieve a patient of his or her degenerative disc disease-related discomfort, Laser Spine Institute may be able to help. Our minimally invasive procedures are performed on an outpatient basis and allow many patients to return to daily activities within two weeks. These procedures require no lengthy recovery^ and boast a 96 patient satisfaction rate. Contact us to receive a review of your MRI or CT scan and to schedule an initial consultation at the surgery center nearest you.