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Texas Spine and Sports Therapy Center

Degenerative Disc Disease Treatment

Degenerative Disc Disease

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1500 West 38th Street

Austin, Texas 78731

​​​​Degenerative Disc Disease develops when there is injury to the spine. Back pain develops as a result of spine herniation, a damaged disc and degeneration to the intervertebral discs. Degeneration of the disc is due to the unhealthy wear and tear of disc. There is a wide range of symptoms and severity.

Process of Disc Degeneration:

1. Disc tears form and PAIN begins

2. Discs scar

3. Discs weaken

4. Discs above and below the injured disc cause PAIN

5. Bone spurs may form.

*A bone spur (osteophyte) is a bony growth. It can cause wear and tear or pain as it rubs on other bones or soft tissues such as ligaments, tendons, or nerves in the body.

Causes of Degenerative Disc Disease

Repetitive lifting

Symptoms of Degenerative Disc Disease

  • Pain that is worse when sitting. While seated, the discs of the lower back have three times more load on them than when standing
  • Pain that gets worse when bending, lifting or twisting
  • Feeling better while walking or even running than while sitting or standing for long periods of time
  • Feeling better changing positions often or lying down
  • Periods of severe pain that come and go. These last from a few days to a few months before getting better. They can range from nagging pain to severe, disabling pain.
  • Pain can affect the low back, buttocks and thighs or the neck, depending on where the affected disc is, radiating to the arms and hands
  • Numbness and tingling in the extremities
  • Weakness in the leg muscles or foot drop may be a sign that there is damage to the nerve root

Diagnosis of Degenerative Disc Disease

A diagnosis is based on a medical history and a physical examination, as well as the symptoms and the circumstances where the pain started. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI scan) can show damage to discs, but it alone cannot confirm degenerative disc disease.

 Treatment of Degenerative Disc Disease

Invasive Spine Surgery or...

Non- Surgical FDA Approved DRX9000 Spinal decompression therapy with a very high success rate for treating disc herniations, degenerative discs and pinching of the nerves. Low back and neck pain are also treated with spinal decompression. Spinal decompression uses a computerized traction that is targeted. It gently stretches the spinal column, taking away pressure from the discs, spinal joints and soft tissue structures. This allows the body’s healing process to naturally take place. Spinal decompression therapy also helps to increase blood flow and nutrient exchange within the injured discs and muscles.

Dr. Bart Atencio and staff are pleased to serve Austin Texas and the surrounding communities (West Lake Hills, Pflugerville, Round Rock, Cedar Park, Bee Cave, Lakeway, Georgetown, Lago Vista and more) with quality chiropractic, spinal care, herniated disc decompression therapy (DRX9000), Fibromyalgia, Active Release Therapy, physical and rehabilitation services.