L4-L5 degenerative disc disease ..
Degenerative disc disease as described, ..
Degenerative Disc Disease is a gradual process that occurs as we age. Gradually the water and protein content of the body’s cartilage changes. Sometimes this process is accelerated due to heavy occupational demands such as repetitive bending and twisting, heavy lifting, or accident and injury. These changes can result in weaker and thinner cartilage. Because both the discs and the joints (facet joints) are composed of cartilage, these areas are subject to wear and tear over time (degenerative changes). This gradual deterioration of the discs between the vertebrae (back bones) is referred to as degenerative disc disease. These changes usually occur long before you can see them on x-rays or other imaging techniques.
Degenerative disc disease: Causes and treatment options
Although degenerative disc disease is relatively common in aging adults, it seldom requires surgery. When medical attention is warranted, the majority of patients respond well to non-operative forms of treatment like chiropractic manipulative therapy, physical therapy or Disc Rehydration Therapy.
Degenerative Disc Disease - Causes, Symptoms, …
MRI & CAT scans enable the surgeon to image good anatomical detail and definition of pathological changes. But because pathology becomes prevalent with increasing age even in patients without symptoms MRI images cannot be used as the sole diagnostic tool. This means that clinical examination and consideration of the patient’s history must also be taken into account. However whilst the loss of disc height and dehydration which results from disc degeneration can result in exiting nerve roots becoming nipped by the vertebrae and so causing irritation and pain such changes may be evident at several disc levels in the same patient. The distribution of the pain is supposed to guide the surgeon as to the disc level causing the symptoms but these distribution patterns may be in error for instance in the lumbar spine in excess of 15% of patients. So a more accurate method of diagnosis is called for hence our development of aware state diagnosis.