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Degenerative Disc Diseasein Phoenix, AZ

Degenerative Disk Disease Treatment Options

  • Heat or cold therapy
  • Neck and back stretches, yoga, functional mobility, or strength training
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) unit
  • Epidural steroid injections
  • Physical therapy
  • Surgery: If none of the non-surgical treatment options reduce or eliminate your pain, your medical professional may suggest surgery.
  • Medication: Over-the-counter (OTC) medication such as acetaminophen or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can help reduce pain, and NSAIDs can help reduce inflammation. Over-the-counter creams such as Biofreeze, Lidocaine, and Voltaren can help relieve pain. Your doctor may prescribe you pain medication if OTC medications do not provide pain relief.

You can prevent signs of Degnerative Disk Disease by maintaining proper posture, using ergonomic furniture to support the spine, and regularly stretching your neck and back. Car accidents, being overweight or obese, and living a sedentary lifestyle can also increase your risk for developing DDD.

Symptoms of Degenerative Disk Disease

The most common symptom of DDD is mild but continuous pain around the degenerating disc that may flare up into more severe pain.

Some living with DDD may not experience any symptoms, but symptoms can include:

  • Pain when bending, twisting the spine, or lifting something
  • Spinal instability and decreased mobility
  • Muscle tension or spasms
  • Sharp, stabbing, or hot pain in your shoulders, arms, hands, hips, buttocks, or legs
  • Increased pain while in certain positions, such as sitting or standing

CAUSES

Age is one of the greatest risk factors for Degenerative Disk Disease, as it’s primarily caused by the wear and tear of spinal discs.

This condition does not always lead to pain, but typically pain stems from:

  • Abnormal micromotion instability: Caused by the degeneration of the disc’s outer layer that leads to small, unnatural motions between the vertebrae, causing tension and irritation in the surrounding areas
  • Tears in the outer portion of the disc caused by repetitive movements or trauma
  • Inflamed disc
  • Malnutrition
  • Fluid loss in discs

The Pain Experts of Arizona was founded to bring the highest level of care in a state-of-the-art setting that emphasizes the belief of treating our patients with the same respect, compassion, and dedication we would treat our own friends and family.

Contact our office to schedule an appointment and let us help you get back on your way to an active life without the limitations of chronic pain. From our Phoenix office, The Pain Experts of Arizona, serves pain management patients in Gilbert, Chandler, Mesa, Queen Creek, and the entire Phoenix area.