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.
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"Dr. Williams treated my lumbar and cervical spine with PRP injections. His staff was very kind and easy to work with. He was extremely patient and informative about the procedure and expected outcome and thoroughly answered all of my questions honestly and without being condescending to me. He truly collaborated with me! I chose his clinic and parent company Regenxx, because of the large body of post procedure research that they have compiled for over 10 years on their patients and because they use my body's healing factors in my blood, to bring healing to the areas of my body that need it. The procedure was affordable, quick, and relatively pain free. Within 24 hours, I was noticing a 80-90% reduction in my chronic symptoms, which was very encouraging because that was never promised to me. I am very excited about how the next 2-6 months will progress as the healing factors have time to take their full effect. Thank you Dr. Williams and your staff for a great experience!!"- J.B. / Google / Sep 01, 2020
"IO Atlanta is an exceptional experience. Few doctors have the time to talk to you about your condition, answer ALL your questions (and your spouse's questions too), go over your imagery, and explain all the options with real world results. Not only am I a patient, but my wife is also working with Doc Williams to solve a problem she's had for 20+ years. I can't say enough good things about the staff and how everyone is concerned about your individual outcomes. They truly care, and the work they do is cutting edge. I am very glad I have taken this route over conventional surgery and bought more time without permanently changing my body in irreversible ways. The treatment they offer does things just not possible with conventional orthopedic surgery, and using your own body's ability to heal itself by just creating a bit of encouragement is the wave of the future. I have a big Thank You to Doctor Williams and his entire staff at IO Atlanta."- L. / Google / Aug 26, 2020
"Very thorough. Really good at their job. I appreciated the time and attention at a reasonable price."- A.F. / Google / Aug 25, 2020
"Dr. Williams is extremely knowledgeable about interventional Orthopedics. He and his team are very professional. I have had the pleasure working with him for the last two years on multiple joint and bone issues. His diagnostic skills and procedure performance techniques are excellent. I have had wonderful - amazing results."- C.L. / Google / Aug 14, 2020
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.
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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