Degenerative Disc Disease Treatment Available in Reno, NV
Degenerative disc disease is a painful condition that affects many people throughout the Reno, Nevada, area and beyond. The team at Tahoe Fracture & Orthopedic Medical Clinic is highly experienced in treating this condition, and after diagnosing your symptoms, we can help you determine the best course of treatment for your lifestyle.
Degenerative disc disease can occur naturally as the spinal discs begin to break down as a result of aging, although pain may occur for the first time following an injury. If you have this condition, you may be experiencing the following symptoms:
- Neck or back pain
- Muscle spasms
The pain associated with degenerative disc disease often results from a combination of inflammation and micromotion instability, which occurs when a weakened disc can no longer provide the necessary support to the spine. Interestingly, the degree of pain is not based on the degree of degeneration, meaning that a person with severe degeneration may feel little pain, while a person with only minor degeneration may feel intense pain. You may find that your discomfort tends to worsen when you sit, twist your body, bend over, or lift an object. Your pain may also increase when you sit or stand in one position for an extended period of time, so you may feel better when you’re walking or moving around.
The team at our Reno, NV, location often recommends a conservative course of treatment for this condition, which may include exercise, stretches, physical therapy, improved hydration, smoking cessation, reduced alcohol consumption, and increased physical activity. If, after trying conservative methods like these for several weeks or months, you still haven’t achieved the relief you need, our specialists can help you determine whether you may be a candidate for a discectomy. During this procedure, a surgeon can remove the damaged disc from your spine (or part of the damaged disc) to relieve pressure on the surrounding nerves.
If you’re experiencing possible symptoms of degenerative disc disease, please contact Tahoe Fracture & Orthopedic Medical Clinic to schedule an appointment at our Reno, NV, office. We’ll work with you to diagnose your condition, determine your best treatment options, and restore your quality of life.