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Degenerative Disc Disease Overview

Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD) is the gradual degeneration of the
discs that reside between the vertebrae in the spine.

The discs in the spine act as shock absorbers for our entire body weight. These discs break down over
time. It is very common because it is a natural part of aging. A disc herniation or bulging disc can cause
pain and/or numbness by extruding into the spinal canal.

The degenerative disc then causes chronic back pain by compressing the nerve roots and giving the spinal
cord and nerves less room to function normally. There is no cure for Degenerative Disc Disease. In fact,
“disease” is a bit of a misnomer in this case because disc degeneration is a normal part of the aging process.

Degenerative Disc Disease Overview

North American Spine can treat the pain symptoms associated with DDD.

Learn about the AccuraScope Procedure
The AccuraScope procedure allows our partner physicians to first pinpoint the exact source or sources of chronic back pain, which is a critical step in proper treatment.

The procedure, using a laser and other tools, is then designed to shrink the bulges and seal the cracks of the degenerative disc. This can halt or slow continued degeneration and the inflammatory process which is causing the pain and symptoms.

By eliminating most or all of the pain associated with DDD, the patient is allowed a better quality of life.

“I am now able to go back to the gym 5 days a week…”

Jerry P., Age 49, Location: CO. Diagnosis: Multilevel Degenerative Disc Disease affecting the disks between L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1. Herniated disks with annular tears causing nerve inflammation and lower back pain.

Patient Jerry P.Post-Surgery Outcome:I was given a prescription for pain medicine that I filled after the surgery, but I never needed to take it. In fact, my wife and went to dinner that night after the surgery. As each day passed, the surgery pain got less and after about 14 days, I was totally pain free. Seven days after the surgery I began walking on my lunch break and within two days, I was up to 3 miles. I am now able to go back to the gym 5 days a week and I just started to jog again after getting away from it for ten years. I no longer take ibuprofen and I continue to be pain free. I totally recommend this surgery and I have to say for a medical procedure it was a pretty good experience.

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