It’s important to preserve your spine’s stability and flexibility as you get older.
Sure, it’s normal to feel a little stiffer and achier as you age, but this isn’t something that should be commonplace. As we get older, all the strains, impacts and injuries our bodies have incurred can lead to wear and tear on the discs of the spine. While this is normal, there are still things you can do to promote good spine health and to prevent problems like degenerative disc disease, and our board-certified interventional pain management doctors Dr. Wilson Almonte and Dr. Ted Lin at Victoria Pain & Rehabilitation Center in Victoria, TX, as well as Brazos Pain Management in Sugar Land, TX can help.
What is degenerative disc disease?
Any injuries or repeated stress placed on the body really add up over time, impacting the health of the spine. It is possible to incur minor injuries to the discs of the spine without even noticing. Of course, as you get older these discs may develop extensive wear and tear, which can lead to degeneration.
What are the signs of degenerative disc disease?
The most common symptom is pain, which is usually felt in the lower back but can radiate to the buttock and legs. You may notice that the pain is worse when sitting or while performing any activities that require the body to twist or bend. Other people experience tingling or a “pins and needles” sensation. If you notice a loss of sensation in your arms or legs this could be a sign that the nerves are affected. If you are experiencing this, it’s important to turn to our pain management doctors as soon as possible.
How is degenerative disc disease treated?
While we can’t undo the wear and tear that’s already occurred over the years, the goal of treatment is to prevent further damage and to ease pain and other symptoms you’re experiencing. Everyone’s treatment plan will be a bit different based on their lifestyle, activity level, and the type and severity of their symptoms. Some ways to treat pain, stiffness and muscle spasms include,
- Taking over-the-counter pain relievers and muscle relaxants
- Undergoing physical therapy and performing therapeutic and strengthening exercises
- Getting regular exercise, which promotes a healthy spine
- Getting steroid injections if you are experiencing severe pain, stiffness and inflammation
If you are looking for an integrative pain management specialist to treat your degenerative disc disease or other musculoskeletal issues, turn to Victoria Pain & Rehabilitation Center Interventional Pain Management in Victoria, TX by calling (361) 575-2882, or call Brazos Pain Management in Sugar Land, TX at (281) 240-4300. We are offering telemedicine visits to our patients dealing with preexisting chronic pain conditions such as joint and neck pain, that require maintenance and ongoing care.