Spinal degeneration is a normal part of the aging process. The discs in the spine constantly deal with the tension and stress we put on our bodies. Normally they allow for flexibility, and provide function. Natural wear and tear causes the cartilage within the discs to become brittle and less flexible over time causing pain and other associated symptoms.
Our bodies work like machines, in that there is always a greater chance for breakdown with parts of the machine that are used most often. The part most often used in our body is the spine.
The tension and stress the spine endures throughout the years will eventually lead to a degenerative spine. Other conditions that may arise from degenerative spine are:
Symptoms of radicular pain into the arms or legs are the most common. Numbness, tingling, tenderness, weakness, restricted motion and lack of flexibility may occur as well in the extremities.
At your visit with the Spine Care Center physicians, you will be provided with a thoughtful treatment plan to help manage your pain, and prevent further progression. Degeneration of the spine can accelerate if not properly managed.
After performing diagnostic imaging of the painful area such as X-rays, MRI, or CT scan, our doctors can localize the degeneration and provide you with excellent and effective care.
Treatments may vary, and include:
Your customized treatment plan for degenerative spine will be presented by your Spine Care Center provider after we have had an opportunity to evaluate your condition.