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If you’re dealing with back or neck pain due to degenerative discs, we can help you get your pain under control.

Our bodies change as we get older, but not all changes are pleasant. As we age, our spinal discs can develop signs of wear. Unfortunately, this everyday wear and tear can result in a sometimes-painful condition known as degenerative disc disease. If you are dealing with back or neck pain and you’re wondering why, our Victoria and Sugar Land TX, pain management doctors Dr. Wilson Almonte and Dr. Ted Lin can determine whether you could have degenerative disc disease and what to do about it.

What is degenerative disc disease?

This condition occurs over the years, as a result of constant motion and stress on the spine. This normal wear and tear can lead to deterioration of the discs of the spine, particularly the neck and lower back. This is something that can and often does get worse as we get older. While this certainly sounds like an uncomfortable issue this is not considered a disease, since this is something that naturally occurs with age.

How do I know that I’m dealing with degenerative disc disease?

You may notice pain flaring up in the location around the degenerating disc. The pain may get worse for days or even weeks before weakening into a low-grade but persistent form of pain. You may also be dealing with degenerative disc disease if you notice,

  • Pain that gets worse when lifting, bending or twisting
  • Pain that is alleviated when sitting or lying down
  • Pain that gets worse with prolonged sitting but is alleviated by changing positions regularly
  • Pain that may radiate to the shoulders, hands, hip, buttock or legs
  • Muscle tension
  • Instability or weakness of the spine

How is degenerative disc disease treated?

You’ll be happy to hear that unlike certain conditions such as arthritis, degenerative disc disease will usually not lead to worsening pain or discomfort over time, nor will it lead to disability. Surgery is rarely needed, and our Sugar Land, TX, pain doctors can help ease symptoms associated with degenerative disc disease with simple non-surgical treatment options.

Some of the ways that our pain management team here at Victoria, TX, will help you manage degenerative disc disease is with,

  • Over-the-counter or prescription pain relievers
  • Heating or ice therapy
  • Spinal manipulation and massage therapy
  • Epidural steroid injections

If you are dealing with back or neck pain that is worse when sitting, or you notice numbness or tingling in the arms or legs, you could be dealing with degenerative disc disease. Call Victoria Pain & Rehabilitation Center, and Brazos Pain Management in Victoria or Sugar Land, TX today. To contact Victoria Pain & Rehabilitation Center, call (361) 575-2882. For Brazos Pain Management, call (281) 240-4300.

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.