Symptoms and treatment for discogenic disease

Discogenic is defined as a condition or discomfort which results in an abnormality in one or more of the intervertebral discs. These discs generally absorb the shock placed on the spine during daily activities and movement. During the aging process, these discs can lose some of their water mass. This is a process called degeneration. In the following article, learn about the risk associated with developing discogenic conditions and the best course of treatment for the disease.

Discogenic conditions

Discogenic disease is a term for a number of conditions that patients can develop as a part of the natural aging and degeneration process. Over time, day-to-day activities begin to wear on the discs, specifically in the cervical and lumbar regions of the spine. This can ultimately lead to conditions, including:

Discogenic symptoms and treatment

When discogenic conditions result in nerve irritation, pressure on the spinal cord or compression, patients will often experience chronic pain, numbness, tingling and weakness. The first step for patients to reduce these symptoms is to try conservative treatments based off of your physician’s recommendation, which can include pain medication, behavior modification, intermittent rest and hot-cold therapy.

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