Do you wake in the morning feeling stiffness and pain in your back or neck? Are there spots of swelling and tenderness that never seem to calm down from that angry red? Do you find yourself having difficulty performing simple movements like getting out of a chair or even dressing? You may be suffering from degenerative disc disease, a condition that affects millions of patients in the US alone. Dr.Yevgeniy Khavkin, your pain management doctor in Las Vegas, NV is an expert in treating this kind of condition, call and make an appointment today.
What Is Degenerative Disc Disease?
Degenerative Disc Disease is a condition where the location that provides stability and aids movement in areas where two bones meet, known as Disc, is suffering a decay of cartilage. Cartilage is a vital part of the Disc, providing a cushioning effect that prevents the bones in the Disc from grinding against each other directly. Discs typically bear a significant portion of the bodies weight, and as such are especially susceptible to injury and deterioration.
This condition, also known as osteoarthritis, occurs when the cartilage in the Discs becomes inflamed, a condition which often serves as a precursor the degrading of the material. This condition causes pain and stiffness, as well as visible swelling and tenderness and has a tendency to grow worse over time.
What Causes Degenerative Disc Disease?
Degenerative Disc disease is merely an unavoidable part of the aging process, but unavoidable does not mean uncontrollable. By paying attention to those factors that encourage the development of this condition you can help stave off its onset. The following things have been identified as causes of this condition:
- Strenuous activity, especially involving the lifting of heavy objects and repetitive activity.
- Malformation of the Discs caused by congenital conditions
- Women develop this condition more often than men
- Injury or trauma, such as those from high-impact sports or auto-accidents.
- Excess weight
- A sedentary lifestyle
- Poor nutrition
If you feel you may be at risk of developing this condition, speak with your physician about being checked and having an assessment done for your likelihood to develop osteoarthritis. Simple life changes and adjustments to current behaviors can manage your risk of this condition.
How Is Degenerative Disc Disease Treated?
Treatment of this condition starts early before the condition worsens, but even in the case of advanced osteoarthritis, there are treatments available. In the early stages, exercise and physical therapy are especially effective in strengthening the Disc and preventing the advancement of the condition. Even in advanced cases exercise and PT can help to reverse or manage some of the symptoms, leading to life quality improvements.
Medication is often used in conjunction with PT, helping to manage the inflammation caused by degenerative Disc disease and help make exercise and PT more comfortable. In some cases, cortisone shots may be administered to help manage discomfort related to osteoarthritis.
If you think you may be suffering from osteoarthritis, or want to work with your physician to stave off its eventual onset, contact Khavkin Clinic today. Getting started early is the best way to ensure you have a long and healthy life free from the pain of this condition.