Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease

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Lumbar degenerative disc disease refers to the degeneration of spinal discs in the lumbar spine (lower back). Degenerative disc disease can also occur in the cervical spine (neck) and the thoracic spine (middle of the back), but it is most common in the lumbar spine.

Disc degeneration is a normal part of the aging process.

Wear and tear over time causes the spine to age, leading to the breakdown and gradual degeneration of its components. Degeneration can be accelerated by a sudden fall or trauma, repetitive strains and sprains, and musculoskeletal imbalances such as scoliosis.

People with lumbar degenerative disc disease may experience low back pain, with or without radiation to the hips, and aching pain in the buttocks or the backs of the thighs. The pain is sometimes made worse with sitting, bending, lifting and twisting.

The spine specialists at Lancaster Orthopedic Group provide advanced diagnostic procedures and the latest therapies and treatments for lumbar disc degeneration and many other spinal injuries and conditions.

Conservative treatment of lumbar degenerative disc disease may include rest, ice, anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, and steroid injections. If pain is chronic or severe and conservative methods are not successful at relieving symptoms, surgery may be recommended.

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