What is Degenerative Disc Disease?
One of the more common causes of back pain is degenerative disc disease. Degenerative disc disease is not a specific condition but rather a diagnosis used by spine specialists to describe the effects of the weakening of the spine, typically due to aging. Discs in the spine play a key role in separating the connecting bones. These discs are soft and compressible, allowing for smooth movements. During the aging process, these discs can wear out, lose fluid, break down or even rupture, resulting in back pain.
Degenerative Disc Disease Symptoms
Symptoms of degenerative disc disease usually differ from person to person. Some people may have severe back pain while others may have minor discomfort. Some may experience back pain while reaching out and others by reaching up. It can be felt when bending down or twisting around. Our spine specialists will want to perform a complete examination to properly determine the cause. Degenerative disc disease can result in other conditions such as:
- Spinal Stenosis
- Herniated Disc
- Spine Arthritis
Spine Specialists in Richardson & Frisco
Faith Surgical Center has attracted three of the area’s top spine specialists to operate at the surgery center. Our three spine specialists have clinics conveniently located in Richardson, Frisco and Plano. Our spine specialists are:
- Richard Marks M.D. – Spine Specialist Richardson
Degenerative Disc Disease Surgical Treatment Options
Most patients will improve by using conservative, non-surgical methods. However, when surgery is required, our surgery center and spine specialists utilize advanced spine equipment and modern techniques to surgically treat the degenerative disc disease causing back pain. Treatment options our spine specialists perform may be any of the following:
- Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
- Spinal Fusion
- Disc Replacement
To meet with one of our spine specialists regarding degenerative disc disease or to verify a surgery, please call our surgery center at 972-370-7200 or use our online contact form.