Degenerative Disc Treatment
If one or more vertebral discs become progressively weaker or more damaged as a result of aging, injury, or disorder, it’s known as degenerative disc disease. These discs act as cushions between the spinal bones, and if they become impaired, sensations such as pain, tingling, numbness, and other debilitating side effects can occur. Our board certified orthopaedists at the Orthopaedic Institute of Central Jersey offer a comprehensive range of treatment options to address this concern and help you return to normal activity as quickly as possible.
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Degenerative Disc Disease Procedures
There are a multitude of non-surgical and surgical treatment options available to address degenerative disc disease. Minimally invasive techniques often provide substantial relief of symptoms, and we typically recommend a combination of conservative therapies initially. In the event these methods prove ineffective, surgical techniques may be recommended. Our experienced orthopaedic surgeons are extensively trained in the latest techniques, and they will develop a customized treatment plan that can enhance your results and speed recovery.
Non-Surgical: Physical therapy, as well as heat, ice, massage, electrical stimulation, and ultrasound, can help to increase range of motion, reduce discomfort, and minimize other side effects initiated by degenerative disc disease. In some cases, a short period of physical therapy may be sufficient, while many patients will benefit from longer-term programs. In addition to physical therapy, other non-surgical treatment may include over-the-counter medication, prescription medication, and oral steroids or injections.
Discectomy with Fusion: In this procedure, the disc or discs that cause pain will be removed. To maintain proper spinal alignment and enhance structural support, the adjacent vertebrae of the removed disc will be fused together using a bone graft. As movement can contribute to discomfort for many individuals, this approach eliminates mobility in the affected area.
Artificial Disc Replacement: If mobility is still desired, an artificial disc replacement may be a better option. This technique involves removing the damaged disc and exchanging it with manufactured parts designed to perform the same role as the natural disc.
The right treatment for your needs will depend on many factors. To learn more, contact our office today. We can provide additional information or help you schedule a consultation.