Degenerative Disc Disease

Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD) is a condition in which the gradual deterioration of the vertebrae undermines the spine’s flexibility and its shock-absorbing capacity. To a certain extent, these changes occur naturally with age and aren’t accompanied by painful symptoms. In some individuals, however, degeneration of the vertebrae causes debilitating, chronic back pain that may result in additional back problems such as a herniated disc or spinal stenosis.

Typically, degenerative disc disease occurs in the cervical vertebrae (in the neck) or in the lumbar vertebrae (lower back). Low back pain is one of the most common symptoms of problematic degenerative disc disease.

Gradual wearing down of the vertebrae over time is normal, but suffering from chronic, daily pain is not. There are a number of therapies that can be effective in alleviating the discomfort of degenerative disc disease.

Current medical research indicates that conservative, non-invasive treatments, such as physical therapy, osteopathic manual therapy (OMT), acupuncture and prolotherapy, may be more effective than surgery in alleviating degenerative disc disease. Furthermore, conservative treatment allows patients to avoid the risk of developing complications related to surgery.

At the Kaplan Center, our physicians have years of experience successfully treating patients with chronic pain conditions such as degenerative disc disease, and we completely reject the notion that “you just have to live with it.” We offer a number of effective, non-surgical treatments that can, not only help you manage your pain, but also help you attain optimal health.

Of course, before you can get the specific medical treatment you need, your doctor must arrive at an accurate diagnosis. At your first visit, your Kaplan physician will take the time to explore the onset of your condition, the specific nature of your symptoms and the overall status of your health. You’ll also be asked about the medications and therapies you’ve tried in the past, and what has and hasn’t worked for you. To gather additional information about your condition, specialized diagnostic laboratory testing may be necessary.

After reviewing all of the factors contributing to your condition, your physician will spend time talking with you about your diagnosis and working with you to create a customized and multi-dimensional treatment plan that addresses not only your immediate pain but also any possible underlying or co-existing conditions that may be causing or aggravating your symptoms.

At the Kaplan Center, we offer a multitude of effective, non-surgical, treatment options for degenerative disc disease, including:

We are here for you, and we want to help.

Our goal is to return you to optimal health as soon as possible. To schedule an appointment please call: 703-532-4892