I Have a Degenerated Disc! Help!
Degenerative disc disease (DDD) is not really a disease; rather, it is a term used to describe the normal changes in your spinal discs as you age. As you get older, your spinal discs lose fluid, becoming less flexible and losing their ability to absorb shock. In addition, small tears or cracks in the outer layer of the disc can cause fluid to leak out, resulting in bulges or tears.
If you’ve been suffering from degenerative disc disease, we can help – click here to contact Southwest Spine & Sports or call us today at (480) 860-8998!
Changes in spinal discs can result in a number of painful conditions, including:
- Osteoarthritis, the breakdown of the tissue (cartilage) that protects and cushions joints.
- Herniated disc, an abnormal bulge or breaking open of a spinal disc that can lead to a pinched nerve.
- Spinal stenosis, the narrowing of the spinal canal, which is the open space in the spine that holds the spinal cord.
Degenerative Disc Disease Treatment Options
Degenerative disc disease can be a painful condition that can make sitting, bending and other physical activities very challenging. Fortunately, there are a variety of treatment options available to help you minimize or eliminate your pain and help you get back to living a healthy, productive life.
At Southwest Spine & Sports, our team of specialists is highly trained in nonsurgical treatment of joint pain, nerve pain and sports injuries. Our physicians will work with you to accurately diagnose your degenerative disc disease by performing a thorough history, physical examination including a complete assessment of your musculoskeletal and neurological symptoms. After diagnostic review, you’ll receive a customized nonsurgical treatment program with our caring physicians overseeing the healing process so you can reduce the pain and put your life back together.
Our expert physicians also specialize in the field of regenerative medicine, specifically PRP and stem cell therapy using autologous stem cells (bone marrow aspirate concentrate from a patient’s own hip bone).
PRP for Degenerative Disc Disease
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy is a safe, effective and all natural way to heal damaged joints. PRP consists of a small sample of your own blood, spun in a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets and then injected into the injured area. Medical research and intensive studies are leading the way to the tremendous benefits offered by PRP for patients suffering from pain associated with degenerative disc disease, with the goal of enhancing the body’s ability to naturally heal itself.
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Stem Cell Therapy for Degenerative Disc Disease
Stem cell therapy is another nonsurgical alternative to pain management that has been practiced since the early 1990s and uses the body’s own stem cells to treat all manner of degenerative conditions, including pain associated with degenerative disc disease. Adult stem cells, collected from reservoirs in bone marrow and adipose tissue, can be transferred directly into the site of the joint or disc injury safely and effectively in an outpatient facility, without resorting to surgery. Stem cell therapy has been proving to be extremely effective and is quickly increasing in popularity among patients of all ages.
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If you are a patient with chronic low back pain from degenerative disc disease you may also qualify to participate in our ongoing study. Click here to learn more and call for a consultation today see how we can help you (480) 860-8998.
Our Pain Treatment Options
A physician from Southwest Spine and Sports will be able to tell you definitively if regenerative medicine is right for you. If it’s determined that you would benefit more from a different type of treatment, we also offer:
- Epidural Steroid Injections (ESI)
- Selective Nerve Root Blocks
- Facet Joint Injections
- Medial Branch Blocks
- Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)
- Musculoskeletal Ultrasound
- Pulsed Radiofrequency Treatment
About Southwest Spine & Sports
Southwest Spine & Sports has been helping people throughout the state of Arizona manage and eliminate their pain since 1999. Always striving to serve our patients better, we’ve been at the forefront of regenerative medicine since it’s inception and are continually working to advance our own knowledge of the practice as well as the field as a whole.
Recognized as Top Doctors by Phoenix Magazine seven years in a row, the team at Southwest Spine & Sports brings not only their unparalleled medical knowledge and skills but also genuine care and concern for each and every patient we see from all ages and walks of life. From seasoned athletes to “Weekend Warriors”, there’s no limit to who can receive regenerative medicine therapy to treat their pain.
With two convenient locations in Scottsdale and Tempe, AZ, we are one of the area’s largest pain management and regenerative medicine practices. All of our pain physicians have devoted their lives to compassionate patient care and providing safe alternatives to back, neck or laser spine surgeries.