Degenerative Disc Disease Treated in Louisville, KY

Orthopedic doctor examining woman's painful lower back

A common source of neck and back pain, degenerative disc disease often develops gradually along with the natural aging process. Due to wear and tear sustained over time, the spinal discs—small, rubbery cushions between vertebrae—slowly lose their water content, which makes them stiff, brittle, and less effective as shock absorbers for the spine. Furthermore, as the discs deteriorate, they may bulge, tear, or crack (herniate). They may also lose height and allow the adjacent vertebrae to move closer together, potentially leading to painful bone-on-bone contact and the development of spinal bone spurs.

Degenerative disc disease does not always cause pain or require treatment. In some cases, the condition goes undetected until it is identified in an imaging scan performed for an unrelated reason. However, if inflamed or excess tissue pressures the spinal cord or a nerve root, uncomfortable symptoms may develop. In addition to neck or back pain, some people experience numbness and tingling sensations that radiate down their arms or legs.

How Is Degenerative Disc Disease Treated?

Pain tolerance varies widely among individuals. For those who seek treatment for degenerative disc disease, most spine specialists recommend starting with several weeks of nonsurgical therapy, which may include over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and gentle exercise. This approach can be effective for reducing painful inflammation in the spine and, in some cases, no further treatment is necessary.

To address severe symptoms that do not improve with conservative therapy, a disc replacement may be considered. This surgical procedure involves removing the damaged disc, along with any nearby bone spurs, then inserting a metal or polymer prosthetic in its place.

If you would like to explore your treatment options for degenerative disc disease with a board-certified orthopedic spine surgeon, request a consultation at Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic in Louisville, Kentucky. After confirming your diagnosis and evaluating your condition, we can help you find the most conservative treatment approach that will be effective for you.

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Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic

4130 Dutchman's Lane,
Suite 300,Louisville 40207
(502) 897-1794

Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic

1425 State St.,
,New Albany 47150
(812) 920-0408

Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic
4130 Dutchman's Lane
Suite 300
Louisville, KY 40207

Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic
1425 State St.
New Albany, IN 47150