Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease Treatment
The spinal discs in the neck or cervical spine are susceptible to degenerative disc disease. This spinal condition is part of aging, resulting in the discs in the neck becoming dry, brittle and prone to damage. Cervical disc damage can cause localized and radiating neck pain, as well as other symptoms. Our neurospine and orthopedic surgeons at DOCS Health offer cervical degenerative disc disease treatment and surgery at our medical center in Los Angeles.
Cervical degenerative disc disease (DDD) is a common disorder that results in damage to the cervical discs. Healthy spinal discs are soft and flexible, and DDD causes the discs to dehydrate, becoming thinner and less flexible. This provides less cushion between the neck vertebrae and a higher risk of tears or bulges. When cervical DDD is present, it can cause the following symptoms:
- Pain surrounding the disc
- Radiating pain into the shoulder, arm and hand
- Muscle spasms
- Pain when looking down or moving the neck
When cervical DDD causes chronic pain, treatment may be required to reduce inflammation and discomfort. Our spine experts utilize advanced diagnostic testing and imaging to identify cervical DDD and then recommend the best treatment option.
Relief from Cervical DDD Neck Pain
Non-surgical treatment for cervical degenerative disc disease is the first course of action our spine specialists will recommend. Over-the-counter medications combined with physical therapy, massage, ice, heat and other conservative treatments can offer pain relief. Other options include steroid injections to relieve inflammation and pain. When these methods are ineffective, cervical spine surgery may be recommended. We offer minimally-invasive cervical spine surgery to repair, replace or remove spinal discs damaged by degenerative disc disease.
If you suffer from neck pain, it may be caused by cervical degenerative disc disease. For diagnosis and treatment options, contact us at DOCS Health to schedule a consultation with one of our spine specialists at our orthopedic clinic in Los Angeles.