Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease
Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease is a condition which most aging adults suffer from without even knowing it. Our spine contains some shock absorbers which are called vertebral discs. Those discs tend to gradually dry the more we age, and affect the way our spine functions. Patients usually become aware of this problem during a common checkup or by visiting the doctor for another reason. The most usual symptom, in this case, is pain which is being created by the discs which lose their height and become tighter and stiff. Sometimes pain can become more persistent or even constant just like arthritis pain.
In order to diagnose DDD doctors follow certain procedures along with the aid of advanced diagnostic technology. They request a full medical history from the patient perform a thorough physical examination seeking for muscle weakness or loss of reflexes. Then they run some essential diagnostic tests such as x-rays, an MRI and /or discography. The first two exclude other sorts of problems such as tumors or disc space and disc structures on the patients&rsquo spinal cord while discography gives a clearer image of the discs by injecting a contrast dye in the affected area of the patient.
In most cases, patients can overcome their DDD problem through medications and physical therapy. In the most severe cases where pain persists and the patient cannot afford the pain in everyday life, surgery may be necessary. Do not hesitate to seek medical assistance where your surgeon can consider several surgical options in order to replace the problematic discs, and relief your pain by stabilizing the affected area. While cervical degenerative disc disease is a natural part of aging, it does not mean you have to live with neck pain. Your doctor can help you return to a healthy and active life. While you are under our care, our medical staff will provide you with excellent information to help you recover, minimize risk factors, and stay healthy.