What are discogenic endplate changes?

Discogenic endplate changes can play a role in degenerative spine disease, but you may not have even heard of these parts of your spine or how they can transform over time. A cushioning disc separates each of the vertebrae in your spine, and on the top and bottom of every vertebra, at the point where the vertebrae connect with the disc, is a section of thickened bone called an endplate.

When the endplate changes occur, the cushioning discs that separate the vertebrae in your spine begin to thin out. Just like the discs in your spine, these endplates can degenerate naturally over time and lead to a variety of potentially problematic spinal conditions. In the following article, you will learn more the causes and treatment options for conditions that develop as a result of discogenic endplate changes.

Causes of conditions associated with discogenic endplate changes

Discogenic endplate changes can occur naturally due to aging, as these structures can degenerate over time due to normal strain on the body. Overuse, improper lifting, pressure from a herniated disc and other health issues can also cause your endplates to deform and possibly become dysfunctional.

For instance, the endplate can potentially become detached from the disc, leaving the disc with no supply of nutrients and oxygen that it normally receives from the endplate through osmosis. Regardless of the cause, endplate changes can result in serious degenerative disc conditions that can drastically alter your life.

Treatments for conditions associated with discogenic endplate changes

If discogenic endplate changes over time have caused you to develop a degenerative disc condition, such as a bulging or herniated disc, the pain, stiffness, numbness and weakness that often result can quickly take away your normal, functional lifestyle. However, there are a variety of nonsurgical treatment options for such degenerative disc problems, including anti-inflammatories, pain medications, strengthening exercises, stretching, physical therapy, acupuncture and weight management techniques.

For certain individuals, their symptoms may not improve and may possibly worsen after months of conservative therapies. If this is the case, your doctor may suggest surgery as an option to alleviate your symptoms. If you’d like to learn more about discogenic endplate changes, the problems these natural transformations can cause and treatment options available to you, contact Laser Spine Institute today. We offer a variety of safer and effective alternatives to traditional open spine surgeries.^

Our outpatient procedures can help you rediscover your life without back pain. We have already helped more than 75,000 patients to date find pain relief at our state-of-the-art facilities. Reach out to us today for your no-cost MRI review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for our minimally invasive spine surgery.