At Dallas Spine Care, our spine doctor in Dallas can help patients who are suffering from spinal conditions and chronic back or leg pain. We treat debilitating pain symptoms as well as sacroiliac joint syndrome, herniated discs, lumbar trauma, degenerative disc disease and other conditions.
Degenerative disc disease is a breakdown of vertebral discs. The aging process can affect the spine and cause normal wear and tear, but sometimes younger patients who have received a back injury can suffer from degenerative disc disease. Between each vertebra is a disk that pads and absorbs shock and protects the spine. As the spine is stressed from weight or moving, the disks cushion the area. As people age, the disks eventually start to break down. They are less elastic and flexible and not as good at absorbing forces. When there is too much breakdown, the pressure can increase and cause the disk to bulge or become herniated. It can contribute to other spinal conditions and become very painful over time. Our spine doctor in Dallas can treat this condition by starting with a full medical history and exam follow by a pain analysis. We will check for pain with motion, nerve function and muscle strength. After the proper diagnosis is found, we then begin treatment.
Many patients response very well to non-surgical treatment. This is the first step we take, as surgery is usually considered a last resort. We try most conventional methods of therapy before using more drastic methods such as surgery. Medication, physical therapy and occupational therapy are all used to help with pain management. Sometimes support braces or steroidal injections help. With today’s revolutionary new technologies and advances in science, there are many new therapies being developed that can provide patients with relief. Should surgery be recommended by our spine doctor in Dallas, we will ensure that the entire procedure is quick, painless and easy. Most patients that have surgery are back at their day to day routine after some physical therapy. Many procedures such as spinal fusion may be performed to help with spinal stability, artificial disk replacement to help with pain management and decompression surgery to alleviate pain and nerve impingement.