The vertebrae along your spine are separated by spongy discs that cushion
the bony vertebrae to prevent them from bumping into each other. When
the discs become damaged, they can cause pain and stiffness. Damaged discs
may allow the bones to rub against each other, and they may protrude and
press against the spinal nerves. One common cause of these issues is degenerative
disc disease. If you are experiencing this kind of pain, your orthopaedic
doctor may recommend a number of treatments, including surgery.
Degenerative disc disease occurs when one or more discs in the spine cause
pain and loss of function. Discs in the spine degenerate as part of the
normal aging process, and many times, they do not cause symptoms. Only
when the degenerated discs trigger pain does degenerative disc disease
occur. Physical therapy, medications, and surgery are all possible treatments.
Degenerative disc disease doesn’t have to make you miss out on your favorite activities. Make
an appointment with an orthopaedic doctor in Joliet at MK Orthopaedics
today to find out what treatments could help to resolve your symptoms.
To schedule a consultation, call (815) 741-6900 today.