Degenerative Disc Disease

Performance Pain and Sports Medicine -  - Interventional Pain Management

Performance Pain and Sports Medicine

Interventional Pain Management Specialists & Anti-Aging & Regenerative Medicine located in Lawrenceville, NJ, & Houston, TX

Are you tired of living with the constant pain and discomfort caused by degenerative disc disease? You're not alone. Millions of people suffer from this condition, but there is hope.

Our team of expert pain management specialists is dedicated to helping you find relief from the symptoms of degenerative disc disease. We understand the emotional toll that chronic pain can take on a person, and we are here to support you every step of the way.

We offer a wide range of treatment options, including physical therapy referrals, medication management, regenerative treatments, and minimally invasive interventional procedures. Our goal is to not only alleviate your pain, but also improve your overall quality of life.

Don't let degenerative disc disease control your life any longer. Take the first step towards relief by scheduling an appointment with us today. Together, we can find a plan that works for you.

Don't let the pain win, contact us now.

Degenerative Disc Disease Q & A

What is degenerative disc disease?

Degenerative disc disease is a disorder that can develop as you age because your intervertebral discs harden and flatten.

The intervertebral discs are spongy circles of tissue that sit between each of the vertebrae that make up your spine. When you're young, these discs are well-hydrated and plump, but as you get older, the water content reduces, and the tissues dry out.

Your body also stops renewing the cells in your discs so efficiently. The result is flatter, weaker discs that are prone to damage. Factors that can worsen or hasten the progression of degenerative disc disease include:

  • Spinal injuries
  • Repetitive movement
  • Poor posture
  • Abnormal body mechanics

Degenerative disc disease can be a factor in the development of other back problems, such as spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spine), herniated discs, osteophytes (bone spurs), and radiculopathy (pinched nerves).

What symptoms does degenerative disc disease cause?

Many people have degenerative disc disease without experiencing symptoms. Problems typically arise if the flattened discs lead to changes in your spine that put pressure on nerves in and around the spinal canal.

Pinched nerves (radiculopathy) are most likely to cause neck (cervical) pain and lower back (lumbar) pain. If you have cervical radiculopathy, you're likely to experience radiating arm pain. Lumbar radiculopathy can cause radiating leg pain.

As degenerative disc disease progresses, you might develop a chronic backache and reduced flexibility in your spine. These symptoms typically develop after the age of 50.

How is degenerative disc disease treated?

Once the Performance Pain and Sports Medicine team confirms you have degenerative disc disease, they prepare a suitable treatment program personalized to your needs. Initial treatments are likely to be conservative because, for most patients, this approach delivers good results with a low risk of complications.

Your treatment plan could include a combination of:

  • Rest 
  • Activity modification
  • Pain-killing medication
  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Acupuncture
  • Regenerative medicine

If your symptoms don't lessen, the Performance Pain and Sports Medicine team offers additional, advanced treatments.

What are advanced treatments for degenerative disc disease?

Advanced approaches for persistent symptoms of degenerative disc disease include:

Epidural steroid injections

These image-guided procedures involve injecting a local anesthetic and, in most cases, a steroid medication into the epidural space around your spinal cord.

Disc biacuplasty

The team uses COOLIEF® water-cooled radiofrequency ablation technology to temporarily deactivate the pain nerves in your spinal discs.

Percutaneous disc decompression

The Performance Pain and Sports Medicine teams use the Dekompressor® disc removal system to extract damaged pieces of the disc.

Endoscopic spinal procedures

These minimally invasive spinal procedures remove disc herniations and relieve the pressure on pinched nerves.

The team at Performance Pain and Sports Medicine makes sure you have the one-on-one time you need with your specialist to get the best diagnosis and most appropriate care. Find out how these treatments could help you by calling today.