08 Aug Living With Degenerative Disc Disease
If you have constant pain in the lower back, you may have a condition called degenerative disc disease. This may seem scary, but the good news is that the pain can be managed without surgery.
Degenerative disc disease is often caused by wear and tear or an injury to the lower back. It is actually more common than you think. Among those ages 30–50 years old, more than 30%* have at least a mild form of degenerative disc disease.
Inflammation and instability often cause pain. There are many types of treatments that can relieve pain. Read on to learn more about them. We also invite you to learn more about Dr. Nikesh Seth and other providers including Dr. Anne-Marie Cosijns, Dr. Lisa Sparks, Dr. Michael Givens, and our team of Nurse Practitioners.
Degenerative Disc Disease Treatments
Treatments include the following:
- Pain medications such as muscle relaxants, acetaminophen, narcotics and oral steroids
- Epidural steroid injection
- Medial branch block / Facet injection
- Radiofrequency ablation
- Spinal cord stimulation
- Chiropractic stimulation
- Heat or ice therapy
- Physical therapy
Some people find relief by using a back brace. However, long-term use can cause weakened muscles, so if you do use one, use it on a short-term basis only. Ergonomics can also reduce pain by taking pressure off the lower back. This includes supportive footwear, special furniture, and proper lifting techniques. Some people also use traction to treat degenerative disc disease. While it may be a good idea to try it at least once, it can be expensive. It’s not harmful, but there is no scientific evidence that it works.
Help for Degenerative Disc Disease From Scottsdale Pain Management Experts at Integrated Pain Consultants
Chronic back pain is no way to live your life. If you’ve tried everything imaginable to manage your degenerative disc disease, enlist the help of Scottsdale pain management expert Dr. Nikesh Seth and his amazing team of pain specialists. They can help you manage pain without medications or surgery. Learn more about managing pain caused by degenerative disc disease by calling (480) 626-2552 or find out how to book your appointment online.