Degenerative disc disease (DDD) might sound scary, but most people will experience some degree of DDD in their lifetime, and it’s a commonly treated complaint by Dr. Nikesh Seth at Integrated Pain Consultants. DDD is the term that describes disc deterioration in one or more spinal discs. Research in the Medical Advisory Secretariat estimates that 40 percent of people aged 40+ have some degree of DDD while 80% aged 80+ have DDD. The most common sign of DDD is lower back pain, although arm and neck pain can also be related to the disease.
Surgery is one of the most commonly prescribed treatments in mainstream clinics, although research shows that 10 – 20% of people with DDD in the lower back and 30% with DDD in the neck won’t respond to surgical approaches. Medication management is also a common “treatment” for the symptoms of DDD, although this will simply mask the pain and is not an effective means of stopping or correcting degeneration. Plus, many people rightfully want to avoid long-term medications, such as opioids, because of the high risk of dependency and abuse.
Fortunately, there are alternatives that are safe, effective, and can provide immediate relief. One of the simplest approaches to treating pain is with an injection such as an epidural steroid. This treatment won’t correct the degeneration, but it can be a fantastic alternative to medications. Utilizing CBD is a natural approach that works for many patients. A medial branch block and facet injections are other possible approaches. Some patients are best suited for radiofrequency ablation (RFA) while others benefit from spinal cord stimulation.
If you have back pain, have already been diagnosed with Degenerative disc disease, or you’re over the age of 40 and want to see how healthy your spinal discs are, don’t overlook the potential of alternative treatments. Schedule your consultation with Integrated Pain Consultants online today, or by calling your local office.