Are you suffering from degenerative disc pain? You’re not alone. Millions of people suffer from degenerative disc pain and various treatment options are available.
GNS Surgery Center is here to discuss the latest and most effective treatments for degenerative disc pain. If you’re looking for relief from your degenerative disc pain, our surgery center can help. We’ll help you find the surgical procedures that have been proven effective in treating this condition.
What is Degenerative Disc Pain?
The deterioration of a spinal disc leads to pain as it deteriorates between the vertebrae. If the disc material puts pressure on the nearby nerves; an affected leg may feel weak and numb, with pain radiating down it. Suffering from degenerative disc disease is not a normal part of aging. The rubbery discs between the vertebrae facilitate normal flexion and back bending. Eventually, they wear down and no longer protect as well as they used to.
What are the options for degenerative disc pain?
If you’re living with chronic pain from a degenerative disc disorder, you know how difficult it can be to find relief. You may have tried multiple medications and therapies with no clear or lasting effect. But take heart – effective options are available for dealing with degenerative disc pain’s physical and emotional stress. Here are various treatments and strategies to help ease discomfort and improve your quality of life:
Psychological tools can enhance pain management treatments. During cognitive behavioral therapy, thoughts and behaviors associated with pain are changed, so the brain perceives and behaves differently. Muscles are taught to relax by applying relaxation techniques under stress or after certain triggers.
It may be helpful to visualize oneself in a serene, pain-free environment as a method of coping. A mental health professional usually designs management techniques in a psychotherapy or counseling session.
Degenerative disc disease can be relieved with electrical stimulation, and daily function improves without pain medication. However, although it may work for some, it is unclear whether this treatment option is effective due to the lack of hard evidence in the literature.
In addition to reducing low back pain, manual manipulation may also increase the range of motion, restore blood flow, and reduce muscle tension by taking pressure off sensitive neurological tissue. In the early stages of disc degeneration, manual rotational therapy may be more appropriate than oscillatory manual therapy for adjusting spinal segments.
Epidural steroid injections
It is possible to temporarily relieve low back pain with an injection of steroids and anesthetics into the vertebral epidural space of the spine. Exercise and rehabilitation treatments can begin once the pain is reduced.
A deep tissue massage can help to loosen the muscles around the area or relieve pinched nerves without growing back discs, healing the disc to its original state, or fixing a ruptured disc. The nerve pathways can be opened up and function better when your bones are aligned naturally with a rehabilitative massage.
In prolotherapy, soft tissues of the back are induced to produce inflammation, stimulating healing. A combination of manual manipulation and exercise is most effective with prolotherapy injections.
We want to help you find relief from your pain
The physicians at GNS Surgery Center offer minimally invasive spine surgery options to help relieve your pain without needing traditional open-back surgery. We offer various non-surgical and surgical treatment options.
Our healthcare professionals are highly trained in the latest techniques and technology to provide our patients with safe and effective treatments tailored to their needs. If you are experiencing degenerative disc disease or any other back pain, schedule a consultation with one of our physicians today.