Dr. Kaliq Chang with Atlantic Spine Center discusses causes and treatments...
Degenerative Disc disease is commonly diagnosed using a three step process. A detailed history of the patient’s pain is taken. This should include what happened to cause the pain and symptoms, what activities cause the pain to worsen, and if any positions increase or decrease the amount of pain.
A physical exam of the patient is then performed. During the examination the doctor will physically manipulate the patient to find signs or symptoms of degenerative disc disease. The patient will be checked for tenderness in the neck or lower back, as well as in the arms or legs. During the examination the patient’s range of motion and muscle strength are also evaluated.
If your physician suspects that degenerative disc disease is what is causing your pain and other symptoms, they will order an MRI test to be performed. The MRI test will give a high detail visualization of the vertebral disc as well as other surrounding structures. The MRI test may also rule out other conditions that may cause the same pain and symptoms. Once diagnosis is confirmed, treatment may begin.
Endoscopic spine procedures can be used to correct many of the conditions that cause chronic back pain or to repair failed previous surgeries.- Kaixuan Liu, MD, PhD President, Atlantic Spine Center Read More about Dr.Liu