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Degenerative Disc

Interventional Spine & Pain Management & OrthoBiologics located in Minneapolis, MN

Degenerative Disc services offered in Minneapolis, MN

If you’re over 40 and develop long-lasting neck or back pain, the discomfort could be due to degenerative disc disease. At Advanced Spine and Pain Clinics in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the interventional spine and pain management specialists provide effective pain-relieving treatments for degenerative discs to enhance your quality of life and prevent future spinal disc damage. Call the office to schedule an evaluation, or use the online booking feature today.

Degenerative Disc Q&A

What is degenerative disc disease?

Degenerative disc disease happens when you have pain because of the wear-and-tear of spinal discs, which are jellylike soft tissues that cushion bones in your spine. When these cushions wear away, the bones can rub against each other. 

Degenerative discs commonly appear due to aging, but having the right treatment plan in place means you don’t have to live with the discomfort they cause.

What are the symptoms of a degenerative disc?

The common symptoms of degenerative disc disease are:

  • Neck pain
  • Back discomfort
  • Ongoing pain
  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Radiating pain

The discomfort associated with degenerative discs might be mild, moderate, or severe. It may come and go or get worse after you bend, twist, sit, or lift something heavy.

Some of the complications linked with untreated degenerative discs include scoliosis, herniated discs, misaligned vertebrae, and a narrowed spinal canal (spinal stenosis).

What are the risk factors for degenerative disc disease?

Degenerative discs are associated with aging, especially being over 40. Other common risk factors include falls, injuries, carrying excess body weight, smoking, and having a physically demanding job. Women are more likely than men to have degenerative disc disease.

How are degenerative discs diagnosed?

To diagnose degenerative discs and get the treatment needed to reduce your risk of complications, the Advanced Spine and Pain Clinics team reviews your symptoms, medical history, and lifestyle habits. They check your vital signs, complete a physical exam, and may order X-rays, an MRI, a CT scan, or nerve-function testing.

How are degenerative discs treated?

The most common treatments for pain caused by degenerative discs include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Medicines
  • Radiofrequency neurotomy
  • Home remedies
  • Low-impact exercises
  • Stretching
  • Hot and cold therapy
  • Spinal decompression surgery
  • VIA Disc intradiscal orthobiologics injections

Revolutionary VIA Disc technology uses non-surgical, injectable grafts of bone marrow concentrate or other tissues to stimulate new cell growth and repair damaged spinal discs, improving their function and reducing discomfort.

You may need more than one type of treatment to maximize your pain-relieving results. The Advanced Spine and Pain Clinics team tailors each treatment to ensure superior results and optimal musculoskeletal functioning.

To get relief from degenerative disc pain, schedule an appointment at Advanced Spine and Pain Clinics by phone or book one online today.

Disclaimer: Our health care practitioners perform one or more regenerative therapies that have not yet been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration. The use of these products is experimental and investigative. Any patient testimonials found on our website or other web properties should not be interpreted as a statement on the effectiveness of any of our medical treatments.