As your body ages, you may begin to experience problems with your back that can be traced to the beginnings of degenerative disc disease. With time and normal daily use, the inter-vertebral discs in your spine start to deteriorate. This deterioration can end up causing you pain, weakness, and numbness.
Although it’s called degenerative disc disease, this condition is not actually a disease in the way we normally would think. The changes that take place in your spinal discs as you age are considered normal wear and tear. Your inter-vertebral discs work to absorb shock for your spine, letting you more easily bend, flex, and twist without pain. These discs contain fluid in their centers that help with this shock absorption, keeping stress and bumps from harming your spine. As you get older, however, some of that helpful fluid that provides cushioning is lost.
The annulus is the outer layer of each of your spinal discs. It’s composed of a strong ligament in order to hold your vertebrae in place. Your annulus can be damaged if too much pressure or an injury occurs affecting your spine. The loss of water within your discs also puts stress on the annulus, causing some vertebrae to shift closer to one another. This compression of your discs causes facet joints to move.
The resulting disc pain can be felt right in the area where your damaged disc exists. Sometimes, however, you’ll feel pain in other parts of your body due to the nerves that extend from your spine to your arm, leg, shoulder, or other areas. Degenerative disc disease can cause extreme pain that may lead to different levels of disability due to people avoiding making movements that they know will cause them pain. With intervention from an experienced spinal physician such as Dr. Solomon Kamson, MD, PhD, of the Spine Institute Northwest, you can discover ways to overcome your pain with a variety of treatments, procedures, or therapies.
Dr. Sol Kamson helps patients who are experiencing painful symptoms of degenerative disc disease by ensuring they receive an accurate diagnosis and an appropriate pain management plan. Dr. Kamson has years of experience diagnosing and treating cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine conditions. Some of the ways in which he aids patients suffering from degenerative disc disease may include regenerative medicine using stem cell therapy and/or a minimally invasive surgical procedure.
Contact Dr. Kamson at the Spine Institute Northwest in Bothell, WA, today for your consultation concerning degenerative disc disease.