Degenerative Disc Disease Treatment at Spine Care New Jersey in Freehold, NJ
A full range of conservative and surgical degenerative disc disease treatment options is available at Spine Care New Jersey in Freehold, NJ. Our spine specialists can diagnose and address pain and other symptoms associated with degenerative changes in the spine, such as disc damage. Most often, these changes occur along with the natural aging process as a result of ongoing wear and tear.
Positioned between the vertebrae, the discs are flexible cushions that serve as shock absorbers for the spine. If a disc loses water content, it can flatten and allow bones to grind painfully together. If a disc bulges out of position or tears open, nearby nerves can become irritated and compressed. These issues can cause neck or back pain, muscle weakness, numbness, and tingling sensations that travel down an arm or leg.
Many individuals in the Freehold, NJ, area who are experiencing this type of discomfort turn to Spine Care New Jersey for degenerative disc disease treatment. In general, we emphasize conservative treatment whenever possible, reserving surgery as a last resort, and many people do very well with this approach. Some nonsurgical options that can be highly effective for treating degenerative disc disease include:
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Pain-relieving medications
- Physical therapy
- Regular exercise
- Hot and cold compresses
- Postural improvement
- Chiropractic manipulation
- Behavioral and lifestyle changes, such as weight loss and smoking cessation (if applicable)
If conservative treatment does not provide sufficient relief within two to three months, we may advise a patient to begin thinking about a surgical procedure. Spine surgery may also be recommended if severe discomfort is interfering with everyday tasks or diminishing quality of life. Depending on a patient’s specific needs, the surgeons at Spine Care New Jersey may recommend spinal disc replacement or another type of procedure.
If you’d like to learn more about the degenerative disc disease treatment options available at Spine Care New Jersey, contact us to schedule a consultation at our office in Freehold, NJ.