Lower back and neck pain causing trouble to your everyday routi

  • Having constant lower back and neck pain is the most misunderstood pain; the negligence of such pain can leave one in great discomfort until it is treated with the right treatment. Degenerative disc disease could be one of the major causes behind lower back and neck pain. Degenerative disc disease has symptoms such as the neck, lower back, and spinal pain. Other possible symptoms could be weakness in arms and legs, numbness and hot shoot of pain in other limbs.

    What causes degenerative disc disease?

    Some say it’s caused by the age factor and hence, is seen more common among people who are above the age of 40.  It is more like a condition and less of a disease, where the cushioning of our joints which protects our joints from the collision, bumps erodes.

    Small tears or cracks can develop on the outer layer of the disc the soft gelatinous material in the inner part may leak through these cracks and leaks resulting in rupturing of the disc.

    Lack of physical activity, obesity, tobacco intake or an acute or sudden injury can also promote such condition in a person of any age group.

    What is the right diagnosis for it?

    • Booking an appointment with the doctor should be the first step. They may ask questions such as when and where the pain occurs, whether there is numbness and when does it cause the most pain. They may ask about any history of injury, or recent events, etc. They usually conduct physical examination, tests such as imaging scans for the right picture of your spinal cord.
    • In addition to this, they may order a disco-gram which involves injecting a dye into the soft center of the disc. Its aim is to see whether the disc is painful or not.
    • Exercising may help ease the pain and can help to strengthen the area around the affected disc or discs and accelerate mobility.
    • The last resource is surgery when patients don’t respond to conservative therapies after the initial 3 months of therapy sessions. Stabilization surgery or spinal fusion, decompression surgery and stem cell surgery are among various other surgery options.