Degenerative Disc Disease

Treated by Ark-La-Tex Spine Care – serving Shreveport, Bossier City and the surrounding areas

Your spinal discs are made up of a soft inner core and a tough outer wall. The discs change in ways that may cause Degenerative Disc Disease, such as drying out (due to aging) or cracking (due to stress of everyday movements or minor injuries). Degenerative Disc Disease is when normal changes that take place in the discs of your spine cause pain.

Symptoms

Common signs include pain that:

  • Is in your lower back, buttocks, or upper thighs
  • Comes and goes. It can be nagging or severe and can last from a few days to a few months.
  • Feels worse when you sit, and better when you move and walk
  • Feels worse when you bend, lift, or twist
  • Gets better when you change positions or lie down

In some cases, Degenerative Disc Disease can lead to numbness and tingling in your arms and legs. It can also cause your leg muscles to become weak. This means the damaged discs may be affecting the nerves near your spine.

Diagnosis

The doctor will look at your spine for signs of the condition, like pain in your lower back or neck. He may also ask you to walk or bend to see which movements cause pain.

Your doctor may order an X-ray or MRI to check for bone or nerve damage near your spine.

Treatment

  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
  • Cortisone Shots
  • Medications