What Causes Degenerative Disc Disease?
Age and additional factors are associated with degenerative disc disease such as:
- Injuries that cause swelling, soreness and instability to the spine
- Degenerative disorders such as arthritis and osteoporosis
- Drying out of the spinal discs
- Daily activities and sports that cause tears in the outer core of the disc
Most abnormalities related to this condition can be seen on an MRI. A diagnosis can also be reached by a pain physician with a medical history review and complete physical examination.
Nonsurgical treatment is the first step to managing degenerative disc disease in many cases. These treatments include rest, using correct posture, medication, physical therapy and other pain management options. Surgery is recommended in rare cases when symptoms do not significantly improve with nonsurgical treatments.
If you would like to learn more about deterioration of discs and degenerative disc disease, contact OPTIMAL Pain & Regenerative Medicine®. Our physicians are also available to answer the question, “What causes degenerative disc disease?” for patients in the Dallas, Arlington and Fort Worth, Texas area.