Degenerative Disc Disease

Degeneration of the soft, jelly-like intravertebral discs is a natural process that occurs over time, however in some cases this degeneration causes pain when the disc begins to exert pressure on the spinal nerves. Inflammation and instability that generate muscle spasms are the most common cause of pressure on the nerves. This condition can occur in the cervical spine (neck) or the lumbar spine (back).

Causes

  • Trauma
  • Herniated disc
  • Age-related disc degeneration

Symptoms

  • Pain made worse when sitting
  • Increased pain when bending, lifting, or twisting
  • Relief when walking or moving
  • Tingling
  • Numbness

Treatment

  • Rest
  • Light exercise
  • Medication
  • Laser Spine Surgery