Degenerative disc disease isn't truly a disease and everyone develops degenerated discs as they age. When the discs leak, people often experience pain and numbness. If there are no leaks, there are no symptoms. Every degenerated disc begins as a single annular tear. The tear progressively worsens to become multiple disc tears, and then finally escalates into disc degeneration.
Every MRI and CT study finds that everyone over the age of 60 has some disc degeneration.
Kevin Pauza, MD states that: "it is not a disease in the strictest sense of the word, because it occurs in almost everyone."
Disc degeneration leads to bone spurs and to spinal arthritis as discs continue collapsing. Stem cells alone can't help degenerative discs, because stem cells would leak out, as it has no sealant. That is why Dr. Pauza focused on developing the Fibrin disc sealant. We're even using Fibrin to seal stem cells into the otherwise leaky, degenerated discs.
The Discseel® procedure holds the only real potential cure to this debilitating condition.See if you're a candidate
There are many problems that may arise from degenerative disc disease. Besides the initial lack of movement and back pain, degenerative discs can impede one from doing the things they love most in life. This could be anything from running to kayaking to walking the dog. Degenerative disc disease is sometimes associated with arthritis and even bone spurs, so the pain surrounding the degeneration is a significant problem for those affected. Disc degeneration can lead to other spinal problems such as:
Causes of Degenerative Disc Disease
The causes behind this condition are considered a natural part of aging. To be sure, the condition is variable in its nature and severity. Some people simply get it and some do not. But there are several factors that can be considered to play a role:
The symptoms of degenerative disc disease are concentrated in the lower back and neck, but can occur anywhere there is degeneration. They include:
One can see that there is a wide range of symptoms associated with degenerative disc disease. Despite all these, there are methods of treatment available to those who seek it.
Before you can get treated for degenerative disc disease, you must first be diagnosed. If you are coming here with the diagnosis, you are one step ahead! We simply want to inform you of the safest practice. A diagnosis can be obtained from your doctor with a medical history, a physical exam, and some sort of imaging test, which is usually an MRI. From here the treatment options are explored.
All standard treatments for degenerative discs consist of some measure of exercise or physical therapy in order to increase the strength and flexibility of the muscles around the spine. This increases the already stifled blood flow to the spine as well. Other treatments are:
Why the Discseel® Procedure is Best
The Discseel® Procedure is far less invasive, has a much shorter recovery time, and allows patients a greater range of motion than a spinal fusion. The Discseel® Procedure prompts the patient's body to heal itself without the use of metal hardware and doesn't have the risk of long term complications and opiod dependency like a spinal fusion.