If you have ongoing neck pain, back pain, numbness, or tingling, it could be because of degenerative disc disease. At Pain Medicine Group in Sarasota and Oviedo, Florida, the interventional pain medicine specialists offer a variety of treatments to relieve discomfort and maximize your quality of life. Call the office to book an appointment or schedule one online today.
Degenerative disc disease develops when discs that cushion your spine (spinal discs) begin to wear down. The condition commonly occurs with older age, especially in those over 40, and can lead to discomfort over time. Treatment with the team at Pain Medicine Group can offer significant pain relief.
Common symptoms linked with degenerative disc disease include:
Your discomfort could be mild, moderate, or severe and crippling. See the team at Pain Medicine Group at the first sign of a problem.
Degenerative disc disease can happen to anyone, but some factors increase your risk of developing it. Examples include:
You can reduce your risk of developing degenerative disc disease by maintaining a healthy weight, not smoking, eating nutritious foods, and getting regular exercise, among other strategies.
To find out if you have degenerative disc disease and develop a treatment plan if needed, your Pain Medicine Group provider asks about your symptoms, reviews your medical history, and completes a physical exam.
They assess pain levels and muscular strength and may order X-rays, CT scans, MRIs, other imaging procedures, or nerve function tests.
Pain Medicine Group providers create personalized treatment plans for degenerative disc disease based on your unique needs. They could recommend:
Things you can do at home to relieve degenerative disc disease discomfort include low-impact exercise, ice or heat packs, gentle yoga, and regular stretching.
Taking certain medicines can reduce unpleasant symptoms or your risk of further disc deterioration. Your provider can let you know which types of medications, if any, are best for you.
Surgery for degenerative disc disease can remove, repair, or replace affected tissues and give you long-lasting pain relief.
To get rid of pain brought on by degenerative disc disease, call the Pain Medicine Group office, or schedule an appointment online today.