Degenerative Disc Disease Specialist

North Texas Orthopaedic & Spine

Orthopaedic Surgery located in Plano, TX & Dallas, TX

Degenerative disc disease is a painful condition that develops when the rubbery discs that cushion your spine become dry and inflexible. The compassionate and dedicated team of physicians at North Texas Orthopaedic & Spine diagnoses and treats degenerative disc disease with customized therapies designed to alleviate your pain and restore your spine health. Call or make an appointment online today. North Texas Orthopaedic & Spine is proud to serve patients in Plano, Fort Worth, Duncanville, Allen, and the Dallas communities of South Hampton.

Degenerative Disc Disease Q & A

What is degenerative disc disease?

The discs in your spine are rubbery pads that absorb shock and cushion your vertebrae. While everyone experiences some disc degeneration as they age and their discs become drier and less flexible, you may not have any pain or other symptoms.

Degenerative disc disease develops when your discs become so dry and inflexible that they are easily damaged and cause inflammation and irritation in your spine. Also, degenerative disc disease isn’t a disease but the name for the pain caused by weak and fragile spinal discs.

What are the symptoms of degenerative disc disease?

The most common symptom of degenerative disc disease is a pain in your neck or back. The following are other signs of the condition.

  • Pain that is worse when you’re sitting
  • Pain is more intense when you bend, lift, or twist your spine
  • Your pain lessens when you stand, walk, or even run
  • Your pain will occur in severe episodes that can last for days or months

You may also experience numbness, tingling, or weakness in your arms, hands, legs, or feet, depending on the location of your damaged discs.

How is degenerative disc disease diagnosed?

The expert physicians at North Texas Orthopaedic & Spine diagnose degenerative disc disease with a comprehensive exam and consultation. Your doctor collects your medical history and asks questions about your symptoms. They feel your spine from your neck to your lower back, checking for signs of swelling or abnormalities.

In some cases, your physician will order diagnostic imaging studies such as X-rays, MRIs, and CT scans to get more detailed information about the bones, muscles, and connective tissues in your spine. These details can help your doctor accurately identify degenerative disc disease and rule out other conditions that could contribute to your pain.

How is degenerative disc disease treated?

The physicians at North Texas Orthopaedic & Spine usually begin treatment with noninvasive options such as physical therapy, steroid injections, and pain medication. If these treatments don't relieve your pain, they may suggest nerve stimulation, radiofrequency ablation treatments, or surgery to resolve your pain. All treatment plans are customized to meet your specific needs.

If you’re living with chronic back or neck pain, you may have degenerative disc disease. Call North Texas Orthopaedic & Spine or schedule a consultation online today for expert diagnosis and treatment.