Degenerative Disc Disease
Internationally respected neurosurgeon and founder of The Spine Center, Charles S. Theofilos, is recognized by his patients and peers for providing state-of-the-art cervical and spinal treatments. His approach to spine health involves a combination of prevention and innovative surgical, minimally invasive and non-surgical treatments. As a leading spine surgeon, Dr. Theofilos has an exceptional reputation in West Palm Beach, Port St. Lucie, Palm Beach Gardens, in South Florida and internationally.
What is Degenerative Disc Disease?
Degenerative disc disease is a common term used for several conditions of the spine that occur to the intervertebral discs of the spine with age. As we age, the intervertebral discs that act as shock absorbers in the spine lose some of their fluid content and therefore decrease in size and height. The combination of these factors may cause the discs to dry, weaken or herniate. Osteoarthritis and spinal stenosis may develop as a result of degenerative disc disease.
Any of the intervertebral discs can degenerate; however, those of the neck and lower back are the ones most often affected.
In many cases, degenerative disc disease in its early stages typically does not cause symptoms. When symptoms do appear, they range in type and severity and can include:
- Pain in the neck or back
- Pain that radiates into the extremities
- Feeling of stiffness in the neck or back
- Pain in the back that is made better by sitting or standing
If you are experiencing symptoms of Degenerative Disc Disease it is best to make an appointment with Dr. Charles Theofilos as soon as possible. Delaying treatment may cause the symptoms to become worse.
At The Spine Center, Board Certified Neurosurgeon Dr. Charles Thofilos has helped thousands of patients with Degenerative Disc Disease return to an active and healthy lifestyle.
Treatment Options for Degenerative Disc Disease At the Spine Center
Degenerative Disc Disease can usually be treated using non-surgical treatment options such as the following:
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
- Physical therapy
- Activity modification
- Laser therapy for pain relief
- SpinePack Supplements
Degenerative Disc Disease itself is not treated with surgery. However, osteoarthritis, spinal stenosis, herniated discs, and vertebral compression fractures that occur due to Degenerative Disc Disease may require surgical intervention. Depending upon your condition and if non-surgical options have not relieved your pain, Dr. Charles Theofilos may recommend a Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery to relieve pain and correct the underlying spinal condition. Dr. Theofilos is a Board Certified Neurosurgeon and an expert in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery.
Pain relief starts with an accurate diagnosis.
*Disclaimer: Results will vary by person and are based upon the patient, the procedure, and the compliance with the aftercare program. The content of this website is intended to be general information. It is provided only as a service. It is not medical advice and not intended to be taken as medical advice. The content of this site should not be used to diagnose or treat a medical or health condition and is in no way meant to be a substitute for or delay the seeking of appropriate or professional medical care. Individual results may vary.