Houston, Texas (PRWEB) June 04, 2014
As people get older, they are more likely to develop certain medical conditions. One of them is degenerative disc disease, which affects one or a few of the intervertebral discs of the spine. For some people, degenerative disc disease can greatly affect the quality of life, causing severe chronic pain if left untreated. To this end, Gulf Coast Spine Care Limited PA, which is based in Houston, recently announced the availability of new treatment options for people suffering from this condition.
The discs that comprise the spine have a gel-like substance in the middle called nucleus pulposus. Together with the outer layer of the disc, which is a soft rubbery cushion known as annulus fibrosus, the vertebrae are able to absorb shock or pressure. With the passage of time, however, the cushions can get drier and less flexible, consequently making them split and wear away. With the loss of those cushions, the vertebrae rub against each other, which is how the pain occurs. In some cases, certain events or activities—such as a fall, car accident, sudden trauma, lifting heavy objects, or twisting and turning—can trigger the onset of degenerative disc disease.
The staff at Gulf Coast Spine Care usually go first for a more conservative, less invasive way of treating degenerative disc disease. Medication is combined with chiropractic manipulation and, in some cases, epidural injections. So, while the medication helps in reducing the pain, the exercise is for strengthening the back muscles so that the spine gets more support. In more severe cases, however, medical professionals at Gulf Coast Spine Care might go for surgical solutions; they include artificial disc replacement, discectomy, decompression, and fusion procedures. Patients are rest assured that qualified and experienced surgeons conduct back surgeries, with the latest technological innovations at their disposal.
About Gulf Coast Spine Care:
Based in Houston, Texas, Gulf Coast Spine Care is a treatment center that primarily specializes in spinal care. The clinic diagnoses and treats a variety of spine-related conditions, which include degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, herniated disc, and neck pain. Gulf Coast Spine Care also carries out back and spine surgery for the most extreme cases, and provides treatment for spondylolisthesis, a condition in which a bone in the vertebra slips out of the proper position. Howard B. Cotler, a board certified and re-certified orthopedic surgeon with almost three decades of experience, runs the center. Gulf Coast Spine Care is located at Suite 970 of the Plaza-Medical Center, which is at 1200 Binz Street, Houston, TX 77004. Patients can call Gulf Coast Spine Care at 1-877-395-8353.