Spinal Disc Degeneration
Degenerative disc disease is generally a combination of problems in the spine that begins with damage to the disc, but can affect all parts of the spine. Problems considered to arise from a degenerating disc may include discogenic pain, and bulging discs. Discogenic pain can be the result of a disc that begins to degenerate and becomes painful from certain movement, often from the lower back, buttocks, and legs. Although a bulging disc may not typically be a concern, a bulging disc and bone spurs that can occur around the bulging disc may cause a narrowing of the spinal canal with significant pain and discomfort. Spinal stenosis may result and a complete evaluation by a spine surgeon may be needed.
Spine Treatment Options
Conservative treatment is generally the initial plan of care, but will depend on the seriousness of your condition. Following a minor back injury, you will want to relieve the pain and pressure with rest. Physical therapy may be helpful in reducing your pain and inflammation while improving your strength and mobility. Other conservative treatments ma include non-surgical injections such as epidural steroid injections. These injections may relieve your pain and also decrease inflammation. If, however, conservative measures do not alleviate your pain, surgical options may be a consideration for you.
Minnesota Spinal Disc Surgeons
Contact Midwest Spine & Brain Institute at 1.800.353.7720 to schedule an evaluation of your back and neck pain. Our Minnesota spine surgeons will provide a complete evaluation of your condition, recommend the most conservative options for your plan of care and help you manage your spine care treatment plan to help you return to an active life.