Degenerative Disc Disease

Degenerative Disc Disease is a progressive deterioration of the structures of the spine. It is often referred to as Arthritis Of The Back, it is generally considered a disease of aging.

As we age, discs in the spine dehydrate. This is not always a painful condition. However, disc degeneration may follow injury to a disc. This condition may be more likely to be painful.

Early treatment for painful disc degeneration includes physical therapy, education and/or medication. If pain persists after these treatments, surgery may be considered. It is important to discuss treatment options with your doctor in deciding which treatment, if any, may be best for you.

What Are The Symptoms

Disc Degeneration symptoms may vary depending on the intensity of the condition. Most symptoms may include back Pain, neck pain, or pain present in the arms or legs. While the vast majority of individuals won’t have any symptoms at all.

When symptoms are present or increasing, you may have pain after physical activity, bending, lifting, twisting or after sitting for long periods of time. However, not all degenerated discs cause pain.

Common symptoms reported are similar to sciatica, or pain that radiates from the low back into the buttocks and upper thighs, some individuals may experience tingling or numbness in their legs and feet. Your pain may be sharp, throbbing or burning and may extend down into one or both legs.

When pain occurs, it is often from weakened discs and other spinal structures becoming irritated and painful with movement.

Physical therapy is designed to help control symptoms, enabling the patient to begin moving and exercising safely and easily.

Treatment Options

Chiropractic

Chiropractic approach to healing involves the whole body. Pain relief can be obtained quickly and effectively, and drug-free.

We help our patients avoid surgery and risks associated with surgery including infections, bleeding, prolonged recovery, and risks of anesthesia.

We offer a safe and affordable alternative. We believe that by working to keep the spinal cord correctly aligned, we can maintain the health of the nerves and immune systems and your overall well-being.

Epidural Injection

We may prescribe steroid injections that treat inflammation and pain right at the source. This minimally invasive treatment involves an injection of corticosteroids into the area around your spinal cord and nerves in order to reduce inflammation.

The epidural space is located along the entire spinal canal superficial to the spinal fluid. Physician injects the medicine into the epidural space to relieve the inflammation of the nerves. This will reduce pain, numbness and tingling. X-ray guidance is used to ensure precise placement.

Holistic Treatments

There are many holistic treatments available for most painful conditions. Pain is often symptom of an injury. Various regenerative injection treatments are used to stimulate the repair of a damaged or injured area when the body’s natural healing process is not able to do the job on its own.

Available options include:

  • Prolotherapy
  • PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma)
  • Sarapin Injections
  • Zeel Injections
  • Stem Cell Injections

Percutaneous Disectomy

This minimally invasive procedure uses a small needle and a canula device to reduce a herniated disc, quickly relieving pain in most patients.

This process removes small portions of the disc nucleus.The empty space created allows the disc to reabsorb the herniation, the herniated part of the disc.

This procedure is a great alternative to open back surgery for herniated discs and allows to reduce the prolonged recovery and complications related to open surgery.

The procedure may be performed on an outpatient basis. X-ray images are used to guide the placement of the cannula.

Physical Therapy

Physical rehabilitation with active patient participation is a key approach to treatment of patients. Exercises learned during physical therapy can strengthen your spine and minimize your pain.

It is non-medical and non-surgical treatment in which range of motions and exercises are used to treat patients with back & neck pain, sciatica, and other related symptoms.

It is free from any risk of side-effects that are often linked with surgery such as bleeding and infection. In this treatment, our professionals also teach healthy habits to patients to prevent pain in future.

Prolotherapy

It is a regenerative treatment that is minimally invasive, in which we inject prolotherapy solution into the inflammation affected ligaments, tendons and joints to stimulate the repaid of damaged or injured area.

It is used to stimulate the repair of a damaged or injured area when the body’s natural healing process is inadequate. It is a great option for treatment because it can be an alternative to pain medications, surgery, and cortisone shots. It is a safe and affordable option for treatment.

Therapeutic Injections

There are several different types of injection therapies that are designed to treat specific types of disorders, injuries and pain in the body.

  • Botox Injections
  • Facet Joint Injections
  • Cortisone Injections
  • Epidural Steroid Injections
  • Joint Injections
  • Lumbar Facet Blocks for Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Sympathetic Block
  • Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injection
  • Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy
  • Prolotherapy
  • Sacroiliac Joint Injections
  • Sarapin Injections
  • Spinal Injections
  • Sphenopalatine Nerve Blocks
  • Stem Cell Injections
  • Zeel Injections

Trigger Point Injection

In this treatment, medicine is directly injected into the trigger points. These points are central area of muscle spasm in the upper back and shoulder areas. It is used to treat conditions including fibromyalgia, tension headache, and myofascial pain syndrome.

Sometimes an anesthetic or saline is also used to help “flush out” inflammatory agents that may be irritating a nerve.

Between each pair of bony vertebral bodies is a soft disc that acts as a shock absorber. The disc is made up of two parts, the annulus and the nucleus. The annulus is the outer part of the disc and is made of many rings of cartilage-like tissue. The nucleus, a jelly-like substance, is at the center of the disc.

As we age, the disc can dehydrate, making it less supportive and more prone to injury. The disc height decreases as the disc dehydrates and can produce chemicals locally that irritate the surrounding tissue, causing neck or back pain. There may also be pain in the arms or legs. Degenerative disc disease is very common in the older population, but also occurs in younger adults.

Factors contributing to degenerative disc disease are not fully understood, but there appears to be a genetic link. It is unclear how much activity “wear and tear,” such as with repetitive bending/lifting, truly affects degenerative disc disease.

Almost everyone’s discs dehydrate and degenerate with age. In many people, degeneration is not painful. Sometimes the process is painful. Acute disc pain may also occur after a tear or injury to the disc tissue.

The diagnosis of degenerative disc disease begins with the doctor reviewing your history and performing a physical examination. X-rays may be made to investigate reduced disc height or other problems. An MRI scan may be obtained as it helps assess water content of the discs and any resultant “bulging” or protruding of the disc tissue.

However, because disc degeneration is so common, many people have discs that look abnormal on an MRI, although they may not have back or neck pain. Because of this problem, other diagnostic tests, such as discography, may be done to verify if the disc is causing pain. Sometimes other injections are also done to rule out other possible pain origins.

Typically, the first line of treatment includes active physical therapy and education. Strengthening of the muscles in the trunk and around the spine may help to reduce pain. Medication may be prescribed as well.

If an unacceptable level of pain persists for several months after other treatments, surgical options may be considered. There are several minimally invasive procedures that are most frequently used for early stages of degenerative disc disease.

Various inter-body fusion procedures may be used in which disc tissue is removed and replaced with bone to stabilize the painful spinal segment.

Total disc replacement or artificial discs may be used as well. The disc tissue is removed and a mobile disc prosthesis is put into the disc space.

It is important to discuss treatment options with your doctor in deciding which treatment, if any, may be best for you.

At our clinic, we cure all painful conditions including Back pain, Neck pain, Arthritis, Herniated discs, Spinal stenosis, Hip/Knee Pain, Sciatica, Pinched nerves, Fibromyalgia, Headaches and Bursitis.

Also, we offer treatment for chronic migraines, Cervicogenic headache, chronic tension-type headache, Cluster headache and many other painful conditions.

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We are a Pain Management Center in Manhattan, NY. We provided a one-on-one experience, using state of the art equipment, and proven techniques that reduce pain quickly and enable a return to normal function. With our services, we aim to ensure complete well-being of patients with a holistic approach.

At our clinic, we properly determine the cause of discomfort, plan strategies and suggest therapies, accordingly. Our main aim is to ensure the complete well-being and health of patients; therefore we use several holistic treatments that stimulate the ability of the body to repair the damaged area.

Our holistic treatments are extensively utilized in the form of an alternate to pain medications and surgeries in various musculoskeletal conditions, as it focuses on permanently treating the root cause of the pain. Our holistic treatments include: Prolotherapy, PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma), Sarapin Therapy, Zeel Therapy, and Stem Cell Therapy.

Immediate Appointments Available. Call us at (212) 390-8081.