Methods for degenerative disc disease symptoms and treatment

Degenerative disc disease symptoms of pain, numbness, tingling and 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 arms.

When the lumbar spine is affected, symptoms may be experienced in the lower back, hips, buttocks and legs. These regions are the most likely to develop degenerative disc disease (the gradual deterioration of the discs in the spine) because they are highly flexible and support great amounts of weight. Read on to learn about the noninvasive and minimally invasive treatments available for degenerative disc disease.

Noninvasive degenerative disc disease treatment

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

  • The use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Physical therapy
  • Hot and cold therapy
  • Low-impact exercise and strength-training initiatives
  • Posture modification exercises

Minimally invasive degenerative disc disease treatment

If several weeks or months of noninvasive treatment are unable to relieve a patient of his or her degenerative disc disease pain and discomfort, Laser Spine Institute may be able to help. Our minimally invasive procedures are performed on an outpatient basis and require no lengthy recovery, earning us a 98 out of 100 patient satisfaction score.^ Contact us to schedule an initial consultation at the surgery center nearest you.

Laser Spine Institute is the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery and has helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from chronic neck or back pain. Our surgeons are able to access the spine through small, muscle-sparing incisions in order to create space for the nerve and the spinal cord to alleviate the symptoms of degenerative disc disease. Reach out to our dedicated team today to receive a no-cost review of your MRI* and determine if you are a potential candidate for our outpatient procedures.