Degenerative Disc Disease-Symptoms, Risk And Treatment

Degenerative Disc Disease-Symptoms, Risk And Treatment

Degenerative disc disease is one of the most common causes of low back pain and neck pain, and also one of the most misunderstood. Simply put, degenerative disc disease describes the symptoms of pain and possibly radiating weakness or numbness stemming from a degenerated disc in the spine. While the definition sounds simple, many patients diagnosed with degenerative disc disease are left wondering exactly what this diagnosis means for them and what options they have as a patient.

degenerative discThe term degenerative disc disease in itself can alarm many people and although it can be serious, this condition can be treated. Degenerative refers to the fact that this condition will get worse as you age. Your symptoms from degenerative disc disease, they can go either stay the same or get worse. Your symptoms can improve greatly with our back pain treatment, which we’ll discuss later in this article.

Disc degeneration is actually a natural part of aging and over time all people will exhibit changes in their discs consistent with a greater or lesser degree of degeneration. However, not all people will develop symptoms. In fact, degenerative disc disease is quite variable in its nature and severity. Everyone reacts to pain differently, treatment as well. It’s important to make note of that. In some cases, degenerative disc disease can cause severe back pain. For some patients, their DDD may not cause any pain at all. It varies but you know how you feel. If degenerative disc disease is causing you pain, you should seek treatment.

Your spine is made up of spongy disc that protects and supports your back. These jelly-like disc act as a natural shock absorber. Your back disc are made up of mostly water and as you age, your disc lose water and harden. As your back disc naturally age, they wear down, damage, break and they can cause your back pain. Degenerative disc disease is also a common cause of neck pain. Just as we see DDD react to back pain, cases in the neck can be the same. You may have severe neck pain or no neck pain at all.

degenerative disc diseaseDegenerative disc disease can be the cause of other spine conditions if left untreated. DDD can lead to spinal stenosis and cervical osteoarthritis. Spondylolisthesis is another condition that degenerative disc disease.

In general cases, the pain associated with degenerative disc disease is thought to stem from two main factors, inflammation and micromotion. The proteins contained within the disc space can cause a lot of inflammation and this inflammation will cause you pain. The outer rings of the intervertebral disc degenerates and wears down, it is not as effective in resisting motion in the spine. This condition is often known as micromotion. Both inflammation and micromotion instability can cause muscle spasms in the lower back and neck. The muscle spasm is the body’s attempt to stabilize the spine. It is a reflex, and although the body’s response of muscle spasm is not necessary for the safety of the nerve roots, it can be quite painful.

Degenrative Disc Disease Symptoms

There’s a variety of different symptoms that you can have with degenerative disc disease. Below, you’ll see some of the most common symptoms of degenerative disc disease.

  • Lower back pain or neck pain is brought on by activity. With this symptom, we see that physical activity often brings the pain on or makes the pain worse. Once the physical activity is over, the pain will usually decrease.
  • Specific types of activity can make the pain worse. Activity such as bending or twisting can bring on your pain.
  • With degenerative disc disease, sitting and standing can actually make your pain worse. Walking and even jogging may actually reduce your pain. Studies have shown this.
  • Degenerative disc disease is a chronic pain condition. The pain can range from no pain at all to severe disabling pain.
  • Studies have also shown that simply changing body positions can alter your pain. This is certainly worth trying if you are experiencing severe pain from your DDD.

Degenerative Disc Disease Treatment

Back Pain SystemsDegenerative disc disease can be treated in a variety of different ways. One of the main purposes of treatment is to control the pain brought on by this condition. We want to reduce your pain so you’re able to begin your path to recovery. Our degenerative disc disease treatment, the Doctor’s Back Pain Systems, was designed with DDD in mind, as well as other chronic back pain conditions. Our back pain system was developed by Dr. Jason Hurst. This back pain treatment will help you end your degenerative disc disease pain and many other chronic pain conditions. This is your opportunity to finally find relief for your DDD. Our back treatment includes:

  • 12 Online Videos – Learn exactly what you need to know visually. You don’t have to read a guide or interpret exercise and stretching diagrams. See real solutions in action.
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  • Organization Calendar – I want to make sure you know exactly what to do every day. This calendar guarantees that you stay on track.
  • Progress Checklist – Don’t just feel your progress, watch yourself progress visually.

 

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Cervical Osteoarthritis-Causes-Symptoms-Risk-Treatments

Cervical OsteoarthritisThere’s a variety of different things that can cause cervical osteoarthritis. Cervical osteoarthritis is also called cervical spondylosis. It is a condition involving changes to the disc, bones and joints of the neck. Such changes are caused by the normal wear and tear of aging. As we age, the discs of the cervical spine wear and break down, losing fluid, and becoming more solid. Cervical osteoarthritis often occurs in men and women 50 or older.

One or more nerve roots can be compressed by the degeneration of cervical spine discs. The compressed nerves can cause a number of different symptoms, such as arm pain, weakness, tingling and numbness. It also causes neck pain that can range in minor to extreme.

Aging is the major risk factor or cause of neck arthritis. Even so, neck injuries can contribute to the arthritis years down the road. The wear and tear that is caused by aging can result in a number of different changes. Dehydrated discs results in your disc shrinking. This causes bone-on-bone contact between vertebrate. Disk dehydration begins around age 40. Bone spurs are another related condition. Bone spurs refer to the extra bone that is produced by degeneration. Herniated disc are caused by aged cracks in the disc that result in bulges or ruptured disc pressing on your nerves or spinal chord.

Symptoms of Cervical Arthritis

Early stages of neck arthritis are usually unnoticed. Very few ever feel symptoms from early neck arthritis. When symptoms do occur, the neck is the primary center of pain. Cervical osteoarthritis can portray a number of different symptoms.

  • Severe pain at the end of the day
  • Pain that radiates between your shoulder blades into the shoulders
  • Pain moves from the neck down the arm and shoulder
  • Feel grinding when moving your neck
  • More then normal headaches
  • Numbness in your arms, fingers or hands
  • Weakness in your arms, shoulders, hands

Diagnosing Cervical Spondylosis

When diagnosing cervical spondylosis, there’s a number of factors that need tested and examined. Both physical and diagnostics can help determine if arthritis is the source of the symptoms you’re experiencing. A physical exam is very likely to be performed. Your doctor may ask what level of pain or discomfort you are in.  He or she will examine your neck, see what type of range of motion you have, while also checking for weakness in the arms. A complete medical history can also be used to aide your doctor. Your doctor will likely run test on your neck, such as X-rays, CT scans or perhaps a MRI if needed.

Risk Factors for Neck Osteoarthritis

There are a number of risk factors for neck osteoarthritis. The main risk factor is aging. Genetic risk factors and neck injuries are also important risk factors to note. If you have a job that requires a lot of movement, this can become a risk for you. Due to the location, all these risk are valid, serious and should be kept in mind.

Possible Treatments Of Cervical Osteoarthritis

A number of medical, physical and surgical treatments are available for neck arthritis depending on the level of pain, discomfort and type of degeneration present.

1. Medications both over the counter (for milder symptoms) and prescribed (for more chronic pain) are available.

  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS),
  • Non-narcotic analgesics,
  • Corticosteroid injections,
  • Muscle relaxants, including cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril, Amrix) and methocarbamol (Robaxin) may be required for more severe pain management.
  • Narcotic analgesics, such as hydrocodone (Vicodin, Lortab) or oxycodone (Percoset, Roxicet) are also prescribed for more severe pain.
  • Anti-seizure drugs including some types of epilepsy drugs such as gabapentin (Neurontin, Gralise) and pregabalin (Lyrica) will relieve the pain caused by damaged nerves.

2. Therapy both with a therapist and at home can strengthen muscles relieving neck pain and providing increased mobility.

  • A therapist can teach a patient exercises designed to strengthen and stretch neck and shoulder muscles.
  • Traction is of benefit to some patients suffering from pinched nerves as this therapy can provide more room between disks relieving the pinched nerve.
  • Regular massage is helpful for pain management and regaining mobility.
  • Regular exercise at home can maintain muscle strength relieving pain.
  • Heating or icing the neck can relieve stiff muscles and reduce pain and inflammation.
  • A soft neck brace will allow neck muscles to rest and provide some relief but it should only be a short-term solution as it can weaken muscles over time.

3. Surgery is a last resort option when none of the above options provide adequate pain and mobility relief. It is used in order to provide more room for the spinal chord and nerve roots thus relieving pinching and compression of the nerves. Surgery always comes with inherent risks so it is used as a last resort option.

  • A herniated disk or bone spurs may be removed.
  • Part of a vetebra may be removed.

 

Age invariably brings with it degeneration of bodily systems including bone. Arthritis is a common ailment of the elderly and in rarer cases with the very young. Maintaining an active lifestyle, focusing on proper posture and eating a healthy well-balanced diet is key to reducing and slowing the ravages of the aging process. It is inevitable that our bodies will wear with age but how fast and to what degree can be controlled to some degree by maintaining a healthy lifestyle.