degenerative disc disease

Degenerative disc disease (DDD) is a common condition and symptoms may vary greatly. The condition commonly develops over time, but may also be a result of traumatic injury. Accurate diagnosis requires a detailed physical examination and often time an MRI or EMG.

How do I Know if it’s degenerative disc disease?

Early on, you might not notice anything from DDD. As the condition worsens, however, you may begin to feel pain in the lower back, legs, and feet. There may also be stiffness along the spine. Pain may worsen when you’re sitting or standing for a long period of time.

When should I seek treatment for DDD?

Seeking appropriate medical care as a early as possible can prevent serious progression of the disc degeneration.

How is it treated?

Treatment for degenerative disc disease usually depends on the patient’s symptoms, and on how severe condition is. Over-the-counter pain relievers and physical therapy often helps those in the early stages of DDD. But over time, DDD can develop into a herniated disc or the development of bone spurs.  Herniations or spurring may result in nerve compression, which will are often treated with injections, such as epidural steroid injections or nerve blocks.

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