Degenerative Disc Disease

One of the most common causes of back pain nationwide is known as Degenerative Disc Disease. As individuals age or experience a significant injury to their back, the spinal discs weaken and can cause sections of the vertebrae to rub together and press on nerves causing them to become pinched. While Degenerative Disc Disease isn't actually a disease, it is the medical description for common conditions pain management specialistsoften treat.

Degenerative disc disease first occurs as small tears appear in the disc wall causing pain. As they heal, they form scar tissue, which is not as strong as the previous material in the disc wall. Over time this tissue can weaken, causing the disc center to eventually collapse. Bone spurs can then form from the awkward positioning of the vertebrae. Nerve roots often become compressed and cause severe pain as well.


Herniated Disc

Inflammation and abnormal micromotion instability are two symptoms associated with Degenerative Disc Disease. Proteins in the disc space may cause inflammation, leading to low back pain radiating to the hips. Pain might also travel down the back of the legs as well. If the outer rings of the intervertebral disc are damaged or become worn down, it is not as effective in resisting motion in the spine. This condition is known as micromotion instability. Both inflammation and abnormal micromotion instability cause lower back spasms and other issues.

There are a number of lower back pain treatments for Degenerative Disc Disease. For expert care and treatment call Dr. Buyanov 210-255-8084

The discs in your back function as rubbery cushions between the vertebrae (bones), which make up the spine. These discs act as natural shock absorbers between the vertebrae. When a disc becomes damaged due to a tear, a crack or a rupture, it can cause compression of the spinal nerves. This is what we call a disc herniation.

Herniated discs in the neck cause neck pain and are called cervical disc herniation. Herniated discs in the lower back are called lumbar spine disc herniation. These are the two most common parts of the spine to be affected by a herniated disc. Our herniated disc doctors at New York Pain Care are experts in providing herniated disc treatments in NYC.


What causes a Herniated Disc?

Herniated discs are common and can be caused by hard falls, direct impact, sports injuriesand age. As we age, discs become dry and brittle, leaving them more susceptible to tearing, cracks and injury.


What are Herniated Disc symptoms?

Symptoms of a herniated disc vary depending on the location in the spine of the affected disc.


Common symptoms of a cervical disc herniation include:

Common symptoms of a lumbar disc herniation include: