Presentation on theme: "DEGENERATIVE DISC DISEASE By: Michaela Watson. What is it? Not actually a disease. A term used to describe normal changes. Spinal discs are soft,"— Presentation transcript:
What is it? Not actually a disease. A term used to describe normal changes. Spinal discs are soft, compressible discs that separate the interlocking bones of the spine (vertebrae.) Shock absorbers. Vertebras' allow the spine to flex, bend, and twist.
Where? Any where in the spine. - Neck region (cervical) -Lower back (lumbar)
Causes Normal as you age. More likely to occur in people who smoke or who do heavy lifting. Disc begin to break down (degenerate.) Age related causes include: Loss of fluid in your discs. Tiny tears or cracks in the otter layer of the discs.
Symptoms Back or neck pain. Pain in the arms if affected disc is in the neck. Pain in the legs or buttocks if affected disc is in the lower back. Pain increases with bending over, reaching up, or twisting. Pain may start after a major or minor injury. Or normal motion.
Diagnosis Medical history Physical exam Doc. Asks about symptoms, injuries, or illnesses. Check range of motion in affected area. Area tenderness Checks for other problems such as fractures, tumors, and infections. X-rays not likely.
Treatment Ice or heat on affected area Use acetaminophen Physical therapy is often recommended. Surgery
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