The spine is among the most fascinating structures in the body. It has several functions, including supporting your weight to protecting the spinal cord.
This video reviews the parts of the spine and how they function. There are 33 vertebrae that are connected by joints in the back of the spine. Ligaments stabilize the vertebrae, which are separated by shock absorbing discs. There are several sections of the spine that are characterized by four curvatures. All of these structures support the delicate spinal cord that sends messages through the whole body.
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When you’re suffering from back pain, you’ll no doubt be searching for answers and relief. In the following articles, you can find further information about the stages of degenerative disc disease, as well as learn when it might be time to have spinal surgery.
In Nevada, the specialized skills of Dr. Perry from the Spine Institute of Nevada can help you find the pain relief you’re seeking. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Perry, call (702) 239-3787 today!
- This WebMD.com article will provide you with excellent information about degenerative disc disease.
- For a look at the stages of degenerative disc disease, read this article from Spine-Health.com .
- In this article from, you can learn more about the stages of degenerative disc disease .
- To read about the specific conditions and situations that may be best resolved by spinal surgery, check out this article from the Mayo Clinic .
- Utilize this interactive tool from Cigna to evaluate whether you are a good candidate for spinal surgery to resolve your lower back pain.
As a patient with back pain, you may wonder how your doctor will diagnose your pain and determine if it is degenerative disc disease.
In this video, you’ll learn how doctors utilize a few types of x-rays, as well as MRI scans, to evaluate the condition of your spine and spinal discs. These visual scans help your doctor to determine the condition of your bones. From there, your doctor will be able to start developing a treatment plan for your condition.
In Nevada, Dr. Perry and the staff of the Spinal Institute of Nevada are dedicated to the diagnosis and effective treatment of your back and neck pain. Whether you suffer from lumbar, thoracic, or cervical pain, you can trust our expertise. Start your journey to life without back pain by calling (702) 239-3787 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Perry today!
Degenerative disc disease is a term used to describe spinal disc changes that naturally occur as one ages. Spinal discs are the soft discs that separate your vertebrae and act as shock absorbers for the spine, allowing your spine to bend, flex, and twist. Spinal discs have minimal blood supply and, therefore, poor reparative ability. Here are the different stages of degenerative disc disease and how they affect your spinal discs:
Due to an injury or everyday wear and tear, you may experience acute back pain. As a result, you may struggle to maintain your daily routines without pain. At this point, there is little to no effect on the bony structure of the spine. The spinal disc may bulge, have painful tears, or simply lose fluid and become less soft and flexible.
The second stage of degenerative disc disease is characterized by a long, relative instability of the affected segment of your spine. You may find that you experience intermittent periods of back pain. During stage two you may lose height in your vertebral discs due to dehydration and thinning of your vertebral discs . Typically, there are little or no spinal changes of the bony structure during stage two.
During stage three, you will begin to have bony changes in your spine. Bony spurs may develop at the edge of your vertebrae, which can put painful pressure on the spinal cord. Stage three also brings further disc thinning.
In stage four, you will have minimal disc material remaining. In addition, severe bony changes of the vertebrae may be present. At this stage, your vertebrae may be almost bone on bone due to the reduced thickness of your spinal discs. Disc replacement surgery or vertebral fusion surgery may be required.
For the diagnosis and treatment of your back pain, turn to the care of Dr. Perry at the Spine Institute Of Nevada . Dr. Perry is a board-certified surgeon with specialty training in adult and pediatric spinal surgery. Begin your path to a pain-free life by calling us at (702) 239-3787 .
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