Degenerative Disc Disease

Degenerative Disc Disease

Degenerative disc disease is a spinal condition where the discs become worn down. As discs degenerate, they can shift and compress nearby nerve roots or the spinal cord. This condition can also be referred to as spondylosis. Degenerative disc disease can appear in the cervical, lumbar and thoracic region of the spine. In some severe cases, this condition can appear in various regions of the spine.

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Symptoms of Degenerative Disc Disease

Localized Pain - Depending on the location of the compressed nerve, pain will be centered around this area of the spine.

Limited Mobility - As the discs become compromised, they may restrain functionality and limit mobility of the body.

Chronic pain - Chronic pain may arise as the nerve root or spinal cord become compressed. Pain may also extend from the damaged region throughout the body.

Numbness and Tingling - Numbness and tingling may occur as the discs degenerate with time and can compress the nerve roots. The compression leads to an alteration in the functionality of the nerve roots, which your body interprets as numbness or tingling.

Muscle Weakness - In addition to sensory function, the spinal cord and the nerve roots arising from the spinal cord provide the signals that allow us to control our muscles (motor function). Muscles may become weakened with this condition as a result of severe compression, irritation or inflammation of these structures, especially in severe cases of nerve root compression or even in mild cases of spinal cord compression.

Cause of Degenerative Disc Disease

Degenerative disc disease can be caused by a variety of factors. The most common cause is aging. Over time, spinal discs become worn and are more likely to develop this condition. Traumatic injuries sustained from accidents or sports may damage discs and cause this condition. If there is a family history of degenerative disc disease, then patients are more inclined to develop this spinal condition.

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Diagnosis of Degenerative Disc Disease

Dr. Yashar will spend time with each patient during a comprehensive consultation. During this consultation, he will take the time to evaluate, diagnose and identify the spinal condition to develop a customized treatment plan. During the appointment, Dr. Yashar will meticulously perform a physical exam to evaluate the condition. He will then discuss the patient’s symptoms and concerns. Dr. Yashar may also require tests such as a neurological exam, x-ray, MRI or CT scan to examine the condition.

Treatment Options

After the consultation, Dr. Yashar will create a detailed treatment plan for the patient based on the severity of the condition. Plans will begin with conservative forms of treatment. Treatment may include physical therapy, medication or injection therapy. If symptoms persist over an allotted amount of time, spine surgery may be recommended. Our spine surgery is safe, low-risk and minimally invasive. Dr. Yashar utilizes the latest innovative surgical techniques to perform all procedures. To treat degenerative disc disease, Dr. Yashar offers disc decompression, discectomy, spinal fusion and foraminotomy.

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