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Disc Degeneration Specialist

Daniel Loder, MD

Pain Management & Orthobiologic Treatment located in Beverly Grove, Los Angeles, CA, & Torrance, CA

Deteriorating spinal discs are a common symptom of aging that can lead to disc herniation, nerve compression, and chronic back pain. If you're suffering from back pain, double board-certified pain specialist Daniel Loder, MD, and his team can help. At their offices in Beverly Hills, Torrance, and Manhattan Beach, California, they use advanced interventional treatments and regenerative medicine techniques to relieve the pain and disability caused by disc degeneration. To find out more or schedule a consultation, call your nearest Los Angeles office today or use the online form to book an appointment.

Disc Degeneration

What is disc degeneration?

Disc degeneration or degenerative disc disease refers to the gradual deterioration of your spinal discs.

These discs sit between your vertebrae, providing stability to your spine, preventing friction, and absorbing shock. They have a soft interior like jelly, with an outer shell made of tough, fibrous material.

Young, healthy discs contain a high proportion of water, so they work at optimal efficiency. With advancing age, your discs slowly lose their water content, getting drier, harder, and flatter. As a result, they don't work so well, and you're more likely to experience neck or back problems such as:

  • Radiculopathy (trapped nerves)
  • Sciatica
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Herniated discs
  • Osteophytes (bone spurs)

Spinal trauma or injury, the effects of repetitive motion, and poor posture or body mechanics can all make natural disc degeneration worse.

What are the symptoms of disc degeneration?

Some people don't experience any noticeable effects despite having disc degeneration. Problems arise if a disc starts bulging or herniates or your spinal canal narrows and begins to press on the nerves in or near your spinal column.

Pressure on the nerves in your spine can cause pain in your neck or back that radiates into your arms or legs. You might also feel strange sensations like prickling, burning, or numbness in the affected areas.

The type of pain you experience and its severity depends on which nerves are under pressure under how badly. 

As disc degeneration affects your spine's flexibility, you could develop stiffness in your back or neck along with pain. Disc degeneration is a common cause of chronic neck and back pain. 

How is disc degeneration treated?

The treatment that the team of Daniel Loder, MD, recommends for your disc degeneration depends on what's causing your symptoms. To begin with, your treatment program is likely to consist of conservative approaches, as these are safe and, in most cases, very effective.

Early-stage treatments could involve a combination of rest and physical therapies. You might also need anti-inflammatory medication to reduce swelling and tissue inflammation. 

Many patients benefit from having regenerative medicine treatments such as orthobiologic treatments.

What other treatment options are there for disc degeneration?

The Daniel Loder, MD, team also offers a range of epidural injections, including steroids for more powerful anti-inflammatory effects and nerve blocks to anesthetize pain temporarily. 

Your provider performs these procedures using advanced image-guidance techniques like fluoroscopy, which is a special kind of moving X-ray.

If you're still experiencing problems after several months, the team at Daniel Loder, MD, might suggest radiofrequency ablation. This minimally invasive in-office procedure targets the nerves sending pain signals to your brain and stops them from working. Spinal cord stimulation is also an option for lumbar disc degeneration.

Find out how you can relieve back or neck pain from disc degeneration and herniated discs by calling Daniel Loder, MD, today, or booking an appointment online.