Degenerative disc disease is one of the most common causes of low back and neck pain.
Degenerative disc disease is not really a disease but a term used to describe the normal changes (wear-and-tear) in your spinal discs as you age.
Spinal discs are soft, compressible discs that act as shock absorbers for the spine, allowing it to flex, bend, and twist.
The changes in the discs can result in back or neck pain and or Osteoarthritis, herniated disc, spinal stenosis.
These conditions may put pressure on the spinal cord and nerves, leading to pain and possibly affecting nerve functions.
As we age, our spinal discs break down, or degenerate, which may result in degenerative disc disease in some people.
These changes are more likely to occur in people who smoke cigarettes and those who do heavy physical work. People who are obese are also more likely to have symptoms of degenerative disc disease.
An injury leading to a herniated disc may also begin the degeneration process.
Degenerative disc disease may result in back or neck pain, weakness, numbness, and hot, shooting pains in the arms or legs, but this varies from person to person. The degenerative disc disease typically consists of a low-level chronic pain with intermittent episodes of more severe pain.
Where the pain occurs depends on the location of the affected disc.
Health problems such as osteoarthritis, herniated disc, or spinal stenosis will need further treatments such as physical therapy and in some cases surgery.
To relieve some minor pain, using ice or heat pad (whichever feels better) on the affected area and use acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen or naproxen.
Our orthotics can help you maintain a good posture and relieve pressure and pain.