The spinal discs are the shock absorbers of the spine, providing cushioning and protection for the vertebrae and spinal cord. With aging, wear/tear and injuries, spinal discs can become damaged, reducing their effectiveness. Degenerative disc disease is the accumulated damage that can impact the health of spinal discs, resulting in pain and other symptoms. Our board certified doctors at CLEAR Wellness Group can provide a diagnosis and degenerative disc disease treatment at our clinic in Chicago.

The spinal discs have a tough exterior and a soft interior; the fibrous outside shell contains the soft, jelly-like substance inside the disc. Spinal discs are made from 80% water, keeping them soft and flexible. One aspect of degenerative disc disease (DDD) is the drying or shrinking of spinal discs with aging. Spinal discs become more brittle and flatter, providing less shock absorption and protection. Brittle spinal discs are also prone to injury, including tears and ruptures that can result in bulging or herniated discs.

Symptoms of Degenerative Disc Disease

Degenerative disc disease is a condition where pain is caused by damage to spinal discs caused by deterioration or injury. Many people who experience DDD are in their 30s or 40s, with symptoms worsening over time. Some common symptoms of degenerative disc disease include:

Degenerative disc disease cannot be diagnosed from a simple x-ray or MRI. A thorough examination and diagnostic testing are needed. Depending on the extent of disc damage and nerve irritation, a wide variety of treatments may be recommended. At CLEAR Wellness Group, we offer minimally-invasive and conservative treatments that can relieve pain caused by DDD.

If you have symptoms of degenerative disc disease and need pain relief, contact our medical team at CLEAR Wellness Group in Chicago. We offer effective degenerative disc disease treatment and whole health care for our patients that need pain relief.