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Degenerative Disc Disease.

Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD) is not really a disease but a term used to describe the normal changes in your spinal discs as you age. The discs act as shock absorbers for the spine, allowing it to flex, bend, and twist. Degenerative disc disease can take place throughout the spine, but it most often occurs in the discs in the lower back and the neck.

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What is Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD)?

When a disc degenerates it is often referred to as degenerative disc disease. There term “disease” in this case does not mean that there is any life threatening or contagious condition. Rather, degenerative disc disease refers to a disc that is losing water content and is wearing out. This typically happens with age and to all of us in time to varying degrees.

What causes degenerative disc disease?

A degenerated disc is something that occurs as you get older and it is considered to be a normal change that takes place in the spinal disc.

The discs that are in the spine are compressible and soft and exist between the vertebrae in order to help the spine move properly. The discs are in between each spinal bone (vertebrae). They act as a shock absorber and allow our body to twist and bend properly. When you have a degenerative disc you often experience stiffness, limited motion and neck or back pain.

When discs degenerate you can often develop bone spurs as your body attempts to fuse the two vertebrae around the bad disc to limit painful motion through that disc. The bone spurs often push back into the spinal nerves pinching them, causing arm or leg symptoms.

What are the symptoms of Degenerative Disc Disease?

When the disc tears (annular tear) you may experience extreme neck or back pain as the discs themselves have nerves that innervate them. Degenerative discs can lead to bulging and herniated discs which take up space in the spinal canal and pinch nerves. This is referred to as spinal stenosis.

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About Modern Spine Medicine

As a multi-disciplinary team, we understand that pain can change and destroy a person’s life. It is discouraging to watch our patients, friends and family suffer in pain. We know we can make a difference and help provide the best education and options available. We offer Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, namely Endoscopic Microdiscectomy and Endoscopic Rhizotomy procedures. Our non-surgical treatments offered are therapeutic and diagnostic injection medicine therapy. These include epidural steroid injections, non-steroidal injections, nerve blocks and ablations, joint injections, and trigger point injections. We also offer many other procedures for pain relief. Stem cell therapy or regenerative medicine are great option for healing and have become very popular with patients over the past few years. We offer many options as well for stem cell therapy and PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) and our Specialists can discuss all treatments.

We are passionate about giving life back to our community every day. We specialize in most types of pain, including neck and back pain, arm and shoulder pain, leg, hip and knee pain, as well as headaches and migraines. We treat pain from Car Accident or Wreck Injuries, Sport Injuries, Workman’s Comp and daily wear and tear.

We are excited to be known by our patients and referring Primary Care Physicians as Top Doctors and Top Pain Specialists in Phoenix. We are also proud to have great relationships with other pain centers like Arizona Pain Specialists, The Pain Centers of Arizona, Arizona Pain Centers, Advanced Pain Management, Sonoran Spine, Barrow Neurosurgical Institute and many neurospine surgeons and orthospine surgeons.

Modern Spine Medicine at Arizona Pain Treatment Centers has been serving the greater Phoenix area since 1997. We have patients under our care that live in Phoenix, North Phoenix, Scottsdale, Peoria, Glendale, Maryvale, Tolleson, South Phoenix, Mesa, East Mesa, Tempe, Chandler, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Queen Creek, San Tan Valley, Apache Junction, Tuscon, and even Globe.

We are commitment to making a difference and being the difference in all of our patient’s lives and their family and friends lives. Thank you!

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