Houston, TX (PRWEB) December 20, 2013
Degenerative disc disease adversely affects the discs between the vertebrae that comprise the spine. As a result, it causes pain in the back, neck, or both. The level of pain is determined by the location and extent of disc damage. A progressive and debilitating condition, degenerative disc disease only gets worse with the passage of time, causing more problems for the patient if not attended to as soon as possible. Gulf Coast Spine Care recently announced that they now provide new treatments for this disease.
The spongy intervertebral discs cushion the spine, giving it its flexibility and ability to withstand pressure. When there is damage to the discs it becomes harder to bend or twist as well as absorb the natural shocks that come with everyday movements. The condition can be caused by stressful activities, injuries or obesity. Back or neck pain is the main characteristic of degenerative disc disease. Left untreated, the pain can spread to other parts of the body, such as the hips, buttocks, thighs, shoulders, and head. It can lead to other conditions like herniated disc, spinal stenosis or cervical arterial dysfunction.
Some cases of degenerative disc disease can be treated by the individual if they are deemed by a physician not to be that serious. People experiencing back pain can simply go to the pharmacy and get some anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen, or can apply heat or ice to the affected area. However, at-home treatments are not guaranteed to work, and are certainly not permanent solutions.
This is where Gulf Coast Spine Care comes in. The treatment options that they offer are proven to be effective. The individual suffering from degenerative disc disease makes an appointment to see one of the company's physicians and the center's experienced doctors recommend a treatment option depending on the person's symptoms. There are many treatment options available, from simple and low-impact remedies to surgical solutions. Surgical options include fusing the discs with fluids to restore their cushion-like function, or, if they are beyond repair, replacing them altogether with artificial ones. In some cases, however, the patient might just require muscle stretching and strengthening, eschewing surgery altogether. Regardless of the level of severity of the condition, Gulf Coast Spine Care is more than capable of efficiently addressing the needs of people suffering with degenerative disc disease.
With almost 30 years in business, Gulf Coast Spine Care provides surgical and non-surgical techniques to residents of the Houston area who suffer from various types of spinal problems. The doctors at Gulf Coast Spine Care specialize in conditions such as pinched nerves, herniated disc, degenerative disc diseases, sciatica, and neck and back pain. People who suffer from spine-related programs and need to schedule an initial consultation and get information regarding treatment options can call the company at 713-523-8884.