Degenerative Disc Disease

Disc Degeneration occurs when the discs located between the vertebra become less flexible and provide less cushioning. When degenerative disc disease becomes severe it causes pain, spinal instability, numbness and/or pain.

The most common causes of degenerative disc disease are age and acute injury to the spine.

Symptoms of degenerative disc disease may include:

  • Back and/or neck pain
  • Pain after minor or major injury
  • Pain when reaching, bending over and/or twisting
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Herniated disc
  • Spinal stenosis

Degenerative disc disease can be diagnosed with a physical exam and/or medical imaging.

Treatment for degenerative disc disease is based on the severity of symptoms. Physicians at Christian Hospital will usually recommend pain management and physical therapy which often provide good results. However, if surgery is necessary there are many options available depending on individual symptoms.

For information on our orthopedic services, call Christian Hospital at 314.747.9355 or toll-free at 877.747.9355 or email us.