Disc pain and the natural aging process
Disc pain is often associated with degenerative disc diseases in the spine and commonly develops as the spine weakens with age. These disc conditions don’t always cause pain and symptoms but they can be extremely debilitating if they do occur, affecting relationships, work, hobbies and sleep. While no one can reverse the aging process, there are effective treatments for disc pain and steps anyone can take to improve the overall health of their spine, include the discs.
A great first step is learning more about how age-related degeneration can lead to disc pain and other related symptoms. This knowledge can help you become more engaged with your treatment and give you a better chance of finding the lasting relief you deserve.
How aging affects the spine and leads to disc pain
The purpose of the spinal discs is to separate and cushion the vertebrae, allowing them to bend and flex smoothly. Over time, the discs begin to lose water and protein content as a result of natural changes. This makes them lose elasticity and become less able to withstand the stresses placed upon them on an everyday basis.
This natural degeneration can lead to conditions such as degenerative disc disease, herniated discs and bulging discs that can cause local disc pain if nerves in the disc are irritated. Additionally, disc conditions can compress spinal nerves, leading to traveling symptoms like shooting pain, tingling, muscle weakness, cramping and numbness.
Treatment options for disc pain
Patients with disc pain caused by an age-related condition can find relief from conservative methods of treatment, such as:
- Physical therapy
- Pain and anti-inflammatory medication
- Yoga and stretching
- Lifestyle changes like quitting smoking, improving posture or losing weight
However, if you are still experiencing pain after fully exhausting conservative treatment and you are recommended for surgery, you should research the minimally invasive spine surgery at Laser Spine Institute. We offer patients a safer and effective alternative to traditional open back surgery.^
Because we use minimally invasive techniques, our procedures offer a shorter recovery time^ and lower risk of complication than traditional open back surgery. To learn more about the benefits of our minimally invasive spine surgery, contact Laser Spine Institute today.
We can review your MRI report or CT scan at no cost* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.