Lumbar disc degeneration is a common condition in which the intervertebral discs in the lower back lose their normal structure and function. Whatever type of back pain you have, Aditya Patel, MD, at Sports, Pain & Regenerative Institute in Fairview, New Jersey and Montclair, NJ, can help. Dr. Patel uses conservative non-surgical therapies and advanced interventions where needed to treat the cause of your back pain. Find out how to get relief from your back pain with his help by calling Sports, Pain & Regenerative Institute today. You can also schedule an in-person or telehealth appointment online.
Lumbar disc degeneration is a common condition in which the intervertebral discs in the lower back lose their normal structure and function. This can cause pain and discomfort, and in some cases, may lead to other related conditions such as herniated discs or spinal stenosis.
The intervertebral discs are cushioning pads located between the vertebral bones of the spine. They act as shock absorbers and allow for the smooth, flexible movement of the spine. Over time, the discs can degenerate due to aging, injury, or other factors, causing them to lose their ability to absorb shock and support the spine.
Symptoms of lumbar disc degeneration can include:
Treatment for lumbar disc degeneration depends on the severity of symptoms and the underlying cause of the disc degeneration. In many cases, self-care measures, such as over-the-counter pain relievers, heat or cold therapy, and gentle stretching and exercise, can be effective in managing pain.
Initially a healthcare provider may recommend physical therapy, chiropractic care, or prescription medications to manage pain.
In more severe cases, interventional procedures such as epidural injections or surgery may be necessary to manage pain. Interventional pain specialists can help target the specific component sources of pain and offer a graded treatment approach to develop a customized plan specific for each patient.
A variety of minimally invasive interventional procedures are now available to significantly reduce pain and help restore functioning.
It is important to seek medical attention if lumbar disc degeneration is accompanied by significant leg weakness, loss of bladder or bowel control, or other symptoms that suggest a more serious underlying condition.
To help prevent lumbar disc degeneration, it is important to maintain good posture, engage in regular exercise, and avoid repetitive motions that put stress on the lower back, such as heavy lifting or long periods of sitting. Additionally, maintaining a healthy weight and engaging in good posture when sitting can help to reduce stress on the lower back and minimize the risk of developing lumbar disc degeneration.