Degenerative Disc Disease
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.
North American Spine can treat the pain symptoms associated with DDD. 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.
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 [...]