Degenerative disc disease can be so debilitating that your quality of life is disrupted. At Dallas Spine Care, the top spine center in Dallas, we pride ourselves in helping patients for whom previous treatments have not worked. Dr. Robert Henderson is a spine surgeon who specializes in helping patients with histories of failed or ineffective surgeries on their backs. He has been in practice for more than two decades and if you need spine care, you couldn’t find a better champion. He follows his patients for a minimum of three years after any significant surgery to oversee their complete healing process. At the Dallas Spine Care office, we work with our patients to resolve a number of back conditions such as severe back and leg pain, conditions that have received prior treatment without improvement, sacroiliac joint syndrome, herniated discs, patients who have not received a definitive diagnosis, lumbar trauma, degenerative disc disease, and compression fractures.
Degenerative disc disease is a condition in which one or more of the intervertebral discs between the vertebrae become damaged, resulting in arthritis of the spine. This can occur in any area of the spine and usually is a result of the normal aging process. The damage to the discs results in narrowing and degeneration of the disc, and this transfers stress to other supporting structures. The vertebrae react with the formation of bone spurs and enlargement of ligaments. This sometimes leads to a narrowing of the area for the spinal cord and nerves. Deformity of the spine can also result. Degeneration of the spine leads to the onset pain, often developing very slowly. As the degeneration gets worse, the pain will often increase and can become severe in some patients. The symptoms may be in the cervical and/or lumbar spine. Pain radiating into the arms or legs may also occur. After a careful history and physical examination at the spine center in Dallas, x-rays will usually show the degeneration of the affected part of the spine. In addition, an MRI or CT may be ordered to confirm the diagnosis.
At the spine center in Dallas, our approach to treatment starts with non-invasive care. Many degenerative disc disease patients respond well to non-surgical treatments. Medications, occupational and/or physical therapy, a supportive corset or brace, injections of steroids and local anesthetic, as well as emerging new therapies may manage symptoms and limit further damage. However, when conservative treatments do not provide relief, surgery may be recommended. Surgeries used for patients with degenerative disc disease can include such procedures as spinal fusion to provide stability, a decompression surgery to alleviate nerve impingement, or artificial disc replacement. We encourage an open dialogue to make the best choice for your spinal care. Call us for an appointment today.