Degenerative Disc Disease

Degenerative disc disease is a term used to describe the degeneration of the spinal discs as you age. Spinal discs offer support between the vertebrae by absorbing the vibrations that your spine experiences. The vertebrae are the fundamental component to the structure of your spine, and the spinal discs give your spine the ability to flex, bend, and twist. Any spinal disc can degenerate, but the lower back and neck area are the most common locations of this condition.

Degenerative disc disease can cause other conditions that Dr. Puppala treats such as:

  • Spinal stenosis: Narrowing of the spinal canal which is the narrowing of your spinal canal, the space that carries the spinal cord in your spine.
  • Herniated disc: Slipping or bulging of the spinal disc out of place
  • Osteoarthritis: Deterioration of the cartilage that cushions the joints

Causes

This condition is more prevalent as you naturally age and the spinal discs start to deteriorate. Cracks can appear in the outside layer of the discs which causes the material in the discs nucleus to squeeze out. The disc can then become herniated or rupture entirely. The fluid in the discs can begin to deteriorate which causes the vertebrae to lose the cushioning between one another. This makes it such that the vertebrae components are more prone to grind together and deteriorate themselves.

The changes caused by Degenerative Disc Disease are more common to those that perform strenuous labor as well as those who smoke. In addition obesity increases the chances of developing the symptoms of this condition. Other conditions such as herniated discs can also increase the chances of a disc to degenerate as there is less disc surface area present at the required location between the vertebrae.

Not only does Dr. Puppala specialize in treating Degenerative Disc Disease, he also specializes in the conditions that can increase your chances of getting the condition. This is important because he can help resolve the problem before it gets worse.