Degenerative Disc Disease

Disc degeneration can occur with age, but can also be caused by an injury or an accident. Spinal discs separate the interlocking bones (vertebrae), and act as shock absorbers for the spine. These soft, compressible discs allow the spine to bend, flex and stretch. Degenerative discs can occur throughout the spine, but most often affect the lower back and the neck areas. Degenerative discs in the neck area may result in neck or arm pain, while an affected disc in the lower back may result in pain in the back, buttock, or leg. Pain worsens with movements like bending, stretching or twisting. 

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Treatments for degenerative disc disease are highly individualized. They may include non-operative or operative treatment options. When it comes to surgical solutions, the two most common options are the following.

Spinal Fusion

Spinal fusion is a surgical procedure to attach the painful vertebrae to the adjacent vertebrae, so it can heal by fusing into a single bone. The process uses screws and rods for stability.

Disc Replacement

In extreme conditions, when the patient has not responded to medications and therapies, a surgical prosedure The procedure involves the remove the damaged disc and replace with an artificial part can be done.

At Premier Arthopaedic Assosiates, Dr. Shah and his committed team, specialize in disc disease treatments. Be assured Dr. Rahul Shah will investigate and treat all spinal conditions with utmost care. If surgery is necessary, only Dr. Shah will perform the procedure with his handpicked team. The goal of a speedy recovery is achieved through an individualized plan for surgery and all following care. Secure the best chances for a pain-free life by opting for the best care at Premier Orthopaedic Associates.