Degenerative Disc Disease Specialist

Pain Medicine Group

Interventional Pain Medicine & Sports Medicine located in Sarasota, FL & Oviedo, FL

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.

What is degenerative disc disease?

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.

What are the symptoms of degenerative disc disease?

Common symptoms linked with degenerative disc disease include:

  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Long-lasting pain
  • Discomfort that comes and goes
  • Pain that gets worse over time
  • Pain that worsens with movement or sitting
  • Radiating pain down your lower back and buttocks
  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Arm, hand, buttock, or leg pain

 

Your discomfort could be mild, moderate, or severe and crippling. See the team at Pain Medicine Group at the first sign of a problem. 

What are the risk factors for degenerative disc disease?

Degenerative disc disease can happen to anyone, but some factors increase your risk of developing it. Examples include:

  • Excess body weight
  • Falling down
  • Injuries
  • Smoking
  • Being a woman
  • Physically demanding jobs
  • Older age
  • Heavy lifting
  • Family history of degenerative disc disease
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Scoliosis
  • Other spinal abnormalities
  • Arthritis

 

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.

 

How does my doctor diagnose degenerative disc disease?

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.

What are the treatments for degenerative disc disease?

Pain Medicine Group providers create personalized treatment plans for degenerative disc disease based on your unique needs. They could recommend:

Home treatments

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. 

Medications

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

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.