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Treatment for Chronic Back Pain in Atlanta, GA

Degenerative Disc Disease

Degenerative disc disease (DDD) is a term used to describe the pain and symptoms from a degenerated disc in the spine. Degeneration of discs occurs naturally with age -- however, this degeneration does not always result in spinal pain. Degenerative disc disease is most commonly found in the cervical spine (neck) or the lumbar spine (lower back). Because degenerative discs become worse over time, it’s important to receive a diagnosis and treatment as soon as possible.

The Physicians Spine & Rehabilitation Specialists in Atlanta, GA provide state-of-the-art diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation for degenerative disc disease. Our team of specialists uses advanced imaging technology to detect the location and severity of spinal fractures. We then use customized treatment plans to target the exact problem and reduce pain levels, improve mobility, and enhance your overall quality of life.

If you’re ready to take back control of your condition, schedule your first appointment with The Physicians today. We look forward to helping you get on the path to a healthier and more comfortable life.

Spinal Pain Treatment in Atlanta, GA

Treatment & Diagnosis of Degenerative Disc Disease

The most common symptom of DDD is pain. This may be localized to one area or spread out over several areas of the back. Other symptoms include:

  • Numbness and tingling in arms or legs
  • Muscle weakness in arms or legs
  • Reduced range of motio
  • Stiffness or lack of flexibility in the spine
  • Increased sensitivity to cold temperatures

Treatment for DDD typically focuses on managing pain and improving flexibility. Treatment options may include:

  • Physical therapy and stretching exercises to help reduce muscle tension and improve mobility
  • Over-the-counter medications like nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for pain relief
  • Heat therapy such as saunas, hot baths, heat wraps, ultrasound, or heating pads
  • Cold therapy such as ice packs or cold compresses for short-term relief from inflammation in the affected areas
  • Injections such as corticosteroid injections for long-term relief from acute pain

Surgery may be necessary if other treatments prove ineffective. Surgical procedures can involve bone fusion techniques where bones are connected with screws and rods. Other techniques include vertebroplasty or kyphoplasty which involve injecting material into the fractured area to help keep it in place.

Frequently Asked Questions

What causes degenerative disc disease?

The exact cause of degenerative disc disease (DDD) is not fully understood, but it is believed to be due to a combination of age-related wear and tear, injuries such as from heavy lifting, or possibly genetics. As we age, our discs that provide cushioning between the vertebrae of the spine start to lose water content and their ability to act as shock absorbers. This can lead to a decrease in spine flexibility which can increase the risk of developing DDD. Injuries that result in trauma to the discs can also increase the risk.

What are the most common risk factors for degenerative disc disease?

The risk factors for developing degenerative disc disease (DDD) include:

  • Age: As we age, our discs that provide cushioning between the vertebrae of the spine start to lose water content and their ability to act as shock absorbers.
  • Injuries: Injuries such as those sustained from heavy lifting or falls can increase the risk of DDD.
  • Genetics: It is possible that genetics may play a role in increasing the risk of developing DDD.
  • Smoking: Smoking has been linked to an increased risk of DDD due to its effects on blood circulation and oxygen delivery to the discs.

Do you accept insurance for degenerative disc disease treatment?

Yes! The Physicians believe that leading-edge care for chronic back pain should be accessible to everyone who needs it, and we’re proud to accept insurance from providers across the Atlanta area. Visit our Insurance page to see our list of accepted providers.

How can I get started with the best chronic pain specialist near me?

If you’re ready to find relief from spinal pain, The Physicians Spine & Rehabilitation Specialists are here to consult with you, answer your questions, and get you started on the road to relief. Schedule your appointment today using our easy online tool.