Spinal discs, discs in between the bones that make up your spine (vertebrae), allow your back to bend and twist flexibly. They act like shock absorbers, insulating against impact. In the course of day-to-day life, these discs take on a great deal of strain. As a result, these discs can eventually start to break down and cause pain – leading to a condition called degenerative disc disease (DDD), or cervical disc disease.
Your spine is divided into regions:
Disc degeneration most commonly occurs in the upper and lower regions.
Unfortunately, since invertebral discs receive less blood flow than other soft tissue, the damage doesn’t heal well on its own. In some cases, these deteriorated discs may collapse and cause the joints in the vertebrae to rub against each other, which can cause spinal osteoarthritis, characterized by stiffness and pain of the joints.
Aurora offers a variety of disc degeneration treatments including surgical and non-surgical approaches.