5 Signs of Degenerative Disc Disease

After age 40, most people have some degree of spinal disc degeneration, but not all of these cases lead to back pain. However, when you do have chronic back pain, it’s important to consult with a doctor and build a treatment plan. This might include pain management, lifestyle changes, and regenerative medicine. With proper treatment, you can improve your quality of life and learn to cope with your condition. 

At Cell Bionics Institute, with locations in Sterling, Virginia, and Utica, New York, Dr. Nameer Haider can diagnose and treat many degenerative disc disease issues.

Understanding degenerative disc disease

Degenerative disc disease is a bit of a misnomer; it’s not a disease, and the degeneration is often caused by normal wear-and-tear. While injuries to the spine can speed up the process, our bodies naturally degrade over time. 

This includes the discs in your spine, which cushion the vertebrae and absorb shock. As you grow older, these discs slowly dry out and begin to crack, which leads to back problems like herniated discs and degenerative disc disease. DDD can affect both the lumbar (lower) and cervical (upper) spine, causing both back and neck pain. 

The lack of blood flow to these discs keeps them from healing, but your nerves continue to signal that something is wrong. That’s why many people with DDD and other spinal conditions suffer from chronic pain.  

5 signs of DDD

As mentioned above, the hallmark symptom of degenerative disc disease is chronic back or neck pain. This pain can vary from person to person; it might be sharp and debilitating, or a throbbing ache that won’t go away. 

However, DDD can cause other symptoms as well. These include: 

  1. Pain after prolonged sitting, or with physical activities that involve bending or twisting
  2. Pain that comes and goes, and fluctuates in intensity
  3. Muscle weakness in the legs
  4. Numbness or tingling in your extremities 
  5. Pain that alleviates as you walk around or lie down 

If you’re struggling with these symptoms, it might be time to speak to your doctor and seek a diagnosis. From there, you can begin seeking treatment. 

How treatment can help 

Degenerative disc disease does not mark the end of your active lifestyle. It’s a natural part of aging, and you have plenty of options when it comes to treatment. At the Cell Bionics Institute, Dr. Haider offers a number of solutions, including: 

Dr. Haider has also trademarked the Biodisc® procedure, which targets damaged discs using platelet-rich plasma. PRP is made using your own blood, which means it’s safer and more effective than donor plasma. 

The platelets and plasma are isolated and injected into your spine, where they kickstart your body’s healing response. This procedure encourages natural healing and can help you avoid surgery or prescription pain medication. 

Suffering from chronic neck or back pain? Get a diagnosis and begin building your custom treatment plan with Dr. Haider. To get in touch, call the location closest to you or book an appointment online

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