Degenerative Disc Disease - Frisco, TX
The orthopedic surgeons at OrthoTexas, Frisco specialize in the treatment of various medical conditions of the back and spine. They use advanced techniques to diagnose and treat conditions such as Degenerative Disc Disease.  

Degenerative Disc Disease

Degenerative Disc Disease is a condition characterized by the gradual degeneration of the spinal discs. The spine is made up of 33 vertebrae stacked on top of each other separated by fluid filled sacs, called discs. They act as shock absorbers and allow the spine to twist and bend. With increasing age, the discs gradually begin to lose their fluid and the ability to absorb shock, a condition known as Degenerative Disc Disease. Also known as Spondylosis, the condition most commonly affects the lumbar spine.

Causes Of Degenerative Disc Disease

  • Increasing age
  • Smoking
  • Repeated lifting of heavy weights
  • Obesity
  • Spinal injury
  • Orthopedic conditions such as Herniated disc, Bone spurs, Arthritis, Osteoporosis
  • Genetics

Symptoms Of Degenerative Disc Disease

  • Pain
  • Numbness
  • Muscle weakness
  • Tingling sensation in the leg or groin area
  • Occasional intense muscle pain
  • Pain increases while sitting, bending or twisting

Diagnosis Of Degenerative Disc Disease

The orthopedic surgeon may inquire about the medical history of the patient and conduct a thorough physical examination. He may check the range of motion of the spine, extent of pain and any other signs of an injury. The doctor may recommend imaging tests such as X-ray or MRI to confirm the diagnosis.

Treatment For Degenerative Disc Disease

  • Ice or heat pack: The orthopedic doctor may recommend applying ice or heat pack to the affected area to compress swelling.
  • Medication: In order to reduce inflammation and pain, the patient may be prescribed certain anti-inflammatory medications.
  • Physical therapy:  The doctor may refer the patient to perform certain exercises that can help to improve range of motion and strength of the spine.
  • Surgery: In severe cases, surgery may be recommended to ease the condition. During the procedure, the bone is permanently fused together to protect the spinal cord. In other cases, the damaged disc may be replaced with a prosthetic.

Prevention Of Degenerative Disc Disease

  • Moderate exercise
  • Eat a nutritious diet
  • Do stretching and strengthening exercises
  • Maintain correct posture
  • Take frequent breaks during work
  • Employ correct lifting techniques
  • Avoid lifting heavy weights
  • Sleep on a supportive mattress

For diagnosis and treatment of Degenerative Disc Disease, visit OrthoTexas, Frisco. To schedule an appointment with our spine surgeons, you can call at (214) 618 - 5502.