Disc disease - Definition


The term disc disease refers to diseases affecting the intervertebral discs between each vertebra of the spine. Disc disease is most often degenerative: this is spinal osteoarthritis. Degenerative disc disease is responsible for pain in the neck or back, depending on the affected disc. A radiographic examination of the spine, and sometimes a CT scan, will allow the identification of the disc or discs involved. The goal of the treatment is to relieve pain through painkillers or anti-inflammatories. Rehabilitation sessions through physical therapy also improve pain. It can progress to a herniated disc, meaning the disc protrudes out of the space between the vertebrae which can compress the nerve roots causing pain in the areas they innervate.
Published by Jeff. Latest update on November 5, 2013 at 08:30 AM by Jeff.
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