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About Degenerative Disc Disease

Degenerative Disc Disease is a condition that causes pain, most commonly lower back pain and neck pain, due to degeneration of the discs in the spine. Degenerative disc disease is actually one of most common causes of lower back pain and often goes undiagnosed for a long period of time.

Degeneration of the spinal discs is a normal process as you get older. Degenerative Disc Disease may be diagnosed if there is significant back pain, neck pain and/or other accompanying symptoms and a Back Specialist has ruled out other back and spine conditions. Pain from Degenerative Disc Disease occurs usually due to the inflammation surrounding the discs and can occur in episodes or chronically.

It is important to have a consultation with a Back Pain Specialist or Spine Specialist if you are experiencing back pain or neck pain to determine the cause of the discomfort. If left untreated, Degenerative Disc Disease can progress and cause other more serious conditions to occur including Sciatica, Osteoarthritis, Herniated Discs, Pinched nerves and Spinal Stenosis.

Symptoms of Degenerative Disc Disease

Treatment for Degenerative Disc Disease

The team of Board Certified Pain Management Specialists at The Spine & Rehab Group are highly experienced in the treatment of Degenerative Disc Disease pain. Non-surgical treatments in both Manhattan and New Jersey are often recommended and may include:

Physical Therapy – Custom designed Physical Therapy treatment plans are created by a skilled team of Physical Therapists, Physiatrists and Back pain doctors. Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation can help reduce pain, improve mobility and promote healing in patients with Degenerative Discs.

Interventional Pain Management – Non-surgical pain management procedures may be recommended to reduce a patient’s pain, inflammation and avoid surgery.

Alternative Treatments – Treatments such as Acupuncture and Medical Massage may be helpful in the relief of Degenerative Disc pain and lend to the healing process and recovery.

The Spine & Rehab Group’s Pain Specialists

Our doctors are skilled in the accurate diagnosis and treatment plans for Degenerative Disc Disease. Catching the disease early is key to slowing its progression. During your initial consultation and evaluation, diagnostic testing may be requested for an accurate diagnosis.