Degenerative disc disease is actually not a disease at all – it is a condition that is the result of a damaged disc. To understand the full impact that this ailment can have on your life, you first need to be aware of how the spinal discs operate. The discs located in the spine can be described as shock absorbers between the spinal bones. These discs keep the back flexible.
The discs located in the spine do not receive a lot of blood supply, which means that when one is injured, it does not have the ability to repair itself. As a result, the disc can start to degenerate. According to Cedars-Sinai, there are three different stages that tend to occur over a 20- to 30-year time span. These stages include:
- Acute pain that makes it difficult to perform normal movements of the back
- The location of the injury becomes unstable. Back pain will come and go
- Back pain is not frequent, as the body is able to re-stabilize the injured portion of the back
There are many degenerative disc disease symptoms to be aware of. These symptoms include:
- Pain that becomes worse when seated
- Bending, lifting or twisting makes the pain worse
- Pain relief when changing positions
- Acute pain that comes and goes
- Pain in the low back, buttocks, thighs or neck
- Numbness in the extremities
- Leg weakness
Numerous degenerative disc disease treatment options are available. These treatments include artificial disc replacement, surgery and management of the symptoms.
If you are suffering from degenerative disc disease and are not able to work, you may be entitled to disability benefits. Contact an experienced Miami disability lawyer at the Law Firm of J.P. Gonzalez-Sirgo, P.A. at (305) 461-1095 or (866) 71-CLAIM for assistance with your degenerative disc disease disability claim.
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