Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease


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Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease

Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD) is a gradual deterioration of the discs between the vertebrae. The discs, comprised of soft and compressible cartilage, begin to thin and deteriorate as a natural part of the aging process. The discs separate the vertebrae, acting as shock absorbers when the spine twists, bends, or flexes. As the deterioration occurs, it is common to experience pain in the affected region.

The most common location for degenerative disc disease is the lumbar or lower back. Pain occurs as a result of pressure on the spinal cord and nerves. One reason for degenerative disc disease is the loss of fluid in the disc, which causes the disc to become smaller. This change in structure narrows the coverage of the disc between vertebrae, which can result in irritation of the nerve endings in the spinal column.

Treatment Options for Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease
Fortunately, it is no longer necessary to be subjected to an open procedure to obtain relief from pain associated with lumbar degenerative disc disease. Arthroscopic spinal surgery can be performed on an outpatient basis, which means the recovery time is short--and there are fewer risks due to the use of a local anesthetic rather than a general anesthetic. In fact, many patients experience immediate relief from pain.

At The Bonati Institute, the expertise and technology exist to accurately diagnose and treat your symptoms of lumbar degenerative disc disease. If you are experiencing pain from lumbar DDD, the surgeons at The Bonati Institute will review your recent MRI film and diagnose any abnormalities at no charge or obligation. See what your options are for living pain free with a consult from the back specialists at The Bonati Institute.


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