Just like the rest of the body, the spine is susceptible to degenerative conditions as you grow older. The bone, muscles, cartilage, ligaments and discs that work together to create your spine can deteriorate through wear and tear, leading to spinal degeneration. As this degeneration occurs, you are more likely to have spinal components that are damaged that will require treatment. At Atlanta Spine, we can offer effective solutions to compensate for health issues due to spinal degeneration.
As you age, years of use can take their toll on your spine. Vertebrae compact, discs lose their elasticity and arthritis can impact the cartilage between the spinal joints. These changes can lead to back and neck pain as the nerves are impacted, as well as disc damage such as herniated or bulging discs. Treatments for these issues can include conservation options such as stretching, exercise, physical therapy and medications. More severe cases of spinal degeneration may require surgical procedures to correct damage and injury to the spine.
What are the Symptoms and Causes of Spinal Degenerations?
In most cases, symptoms of spinal degeneration start slowly. Intermittent back or neck pain, stiffness and reduced mobility are common as you get older. When the symptoms become more frequent or severe, it is usually then that people seek medical attention for their condition.
It is important to understand that most spinal degeneration cannot be prevented. The causes of these diseases are often due to the natural aging process. However, there are exercises and lifestyle considerations that can slow the process, as well as treatment options to improve your symptoms.
At Atlanta Spine, we offer effective, often non-invasive, treatments for spinal degeneration. Some of the conditions we treat that are related to this issue include herniated discs, bulging discs, bone spurs, spinal arthritis, degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, pinched nerves, sciatica and more. Contact us today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Bhatti to discuss your concerns about spinal degeneration issues.