Degenerative Disc Disease in Atlanta, GA

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Degenerative Disc Disease

As an age-related condition, degenerative disc disease develops if one or multiple discs that exist between the bones of the spinal cord break down or deteriorate. Most common in patients over the age of 60, this condition can lead to a number of unpleasant symptoms if not properly and promptly treated. Acting as shock absorbers, the discs in the spine allow us to move comfortably and have flexibility. As we age, these discs start to compress and decrease mobility, causing significant pain and inflammation in the back and/or neck. When you have been diagnosed with degenerative disc disease or suspect you may have the condition, there are various treatment options available to help you experience pain relief. At Interventional Orthopedics of Atlanta, Dr. Christopher Williams and his skilled orthopedic team work with you to create an optimal treatment plan to provide you with optimal results. Contact our Atlanta, GA facility to learn more and to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Williams.

Degenerative Disc Symptoms

Degenerative disc disease may not always develop with symptoms. In some cases, the condition can lead to: 

  • Discomfort in the lower back, buttocks, and thighs
  • Discomfort in the neck or shoulders
  • Tingling and/or numbness
  • Pain that worsens with sitting, bending, lifting, or twisting
  • Weakness in the muscles of the legs and feet

Causes of Disc Disease

As a result of the natural breakdown of tissue of the discs that lie in between the vertebrae of the spine, degenerative disc disease can occur as we age. When we get older, our bodies start to lose strength, integrity of muscle tissue, and ideal bone health. Therefore, degenerative disc disease is much more prevalent in older patients. When you suffer from this condition, durations of extreme pain in the back, neck, legs, or arms may occur and can continue for days or months. However, in some cases, everyday activities that include bending and/or twisting of the spine and injuries or trauma to the back can be a cause of degenerative disc disease. 

Treatments Options

After a disc is compromised, it is unable to be restored because there is little blood supply to the discs in the spine. However, there are still a variety of treatments available to help treat pain and manage your associated symptoms. These could include prescription-strength, anti-inflammatory medications, physical and occupational therapy, spinal mobilization, and heat/cold therapy. In more severe cases of degenerative disc disease, surgery may be your best option in order to improve your quality of life. 

Manage Degenerative Disc disease

With many innovative treatment options available, you no longer have to suffer from the various effects of degenerative disc disease. Dr. Williams and our team at Interventional Orthopedics of Atlanta work with patients to help them receive the best possible results to live more comfortably. Learn more about your treatment options for degenerative disc disease by contacting our Atlanta facility to schedule your initial consultation. 

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