NYC’s Degenerative Disc Disease Doctor
Degenerative Disc Disease
Degenerative disc disease is a spine condition that occurs when parts of the spine — including muscles, vertebrae, ligaments, and intervertebral discs — become deteriorated due to years of tension and stress placed on the spine. As a person ages, natural changes occur in the spine, particularly in the discs. These soft, gel-filled discs become thinner and less resilient, leading to their decreased functionality as shock absorbers and cushions for the spine.
Welcome to New York Spine Care, your one-stop destination for degenerative disc disease treatment in NYC. Under the expert guidance of Dr. Paul-Marie Brisson, a dedicated single practice surgeon with 33 years of experience and counting, you can rest assured that you are never treated as just another patient or surgery. Conveniently located right in town and affiliated with top hospitals, our clinic offers personalized care and attention that you deserve.
At New York Spine Care, we take pride in offering exceptional care and support throughout your journey towards relief from degenerative disc disease. Dr. Brisson believes in listening to his patients, understanding their concerns, and tailoring a treatment plan that best suits their needs.
If you’re ready to receive care from the top orthopedic surgeon NYC has to offer, schedule your first appointment with Dr. Brisson today.
New York’s Degenerative Spine Specialist
Degenerative Disc Disease Treatment & Diagnosis
Degenerative disc disease (DDD) is a condition that occurs when the intervertebral discs in the spine begin to deteriorate, causing pain and discomfort. This natural aging process can lead to various symptoms and may require different treatment options depending on the severity of the condition.
Some of the most common degenerative disc disease symptoms include:
- Chronic lower back or neck pain
- Pain that worsens with movement or certain activities
- Numbness or tingling in the extremities
- Muscle weakness or spasms
- Stiffness and reduced range of motion
It's essential to consult with a specialist if you're experiencing any of these symptoms, as early diagnosis and treatment can help prevent further deterioration and improve your quality of life.
There are various treatment options available for managing degenerative disc disease, ranging from conservative non-surgical methods to surgical interventions if necessary. Dr. Paul-Marie Brisson feels strongly about using the most conservative measures possible to reduce pain and maximize function.
Common non-surgical treatments recommended by Dr. Brisson include:
- Pain medications
- Corticosteroid injections
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Physical therapy and exercise
- Posture adjustment
- Lifestyle guidance
In cases where conservative treatments fail to provide relief, degenerative disc disease surgery may be considered. Dr. Brisson specializes in a number of these procedures, including:
- Spinal fusion: Fusing adjacent vertebrae together to provide stability and reduce pain
- Discectomy: Removal of the damaged disc
- Artificial disc replacement: Replacing the damaged disc with an artificial one
Dr. Brisson will recommend the most appropriate treatment plan based on your specific needs and the severity of your condition. By addressing the symptoms of degenerative disc disease and seeking proper treatment, you can improve your quality of life and regain your mobility.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the most common degenerative disc disease causes?
Degenerative disc disease is a natural process that occurs as part of the aging process. However, there are several factors that can contribute to the development of the condition. Some of the most common causes of degenerative disc disease include:
- Age: As we age, the discs in our spine naturally start to wear down and deteriorate.
- Genetics: Some people may have a genetic predisposition to developing degenerative disc disease.
- Obesity: Excess weight puts additional pressure on the spine, leading to increased wear and tear on the discs.
- Injury: Trauma or injury to the spine can cause damage to the discs and accelerate the degenerative process.
- Repetitive motions: Certain jobs or activities that involve repetitive motions, such as heavy lifting or twisting, can contribute to the development of degenerative disc disease.
- Smoking: Smoking can impair blood flow to the discs, which can slow down the healing process and contribute to the degeneration of the discs.
It's important to note that not everyone who experiences these factors will develop degenerative disc disease, and some people without risk factors may still develop the condition due to other factors. By understanding the common causes of degenerative disc disease, you can take steps to minimize your risk and seek early treatment if necessary.
Is degenerative disc disease surgery always necessary?
No! At New York Spine Care, Dr. Paul-Marie Brisson and his team strive to provide the least invasive treatment for degenerative disc disease. Depending on the severity of your condition, you may be able to find relief with lifestyle modifications such as weight loss, improved posture, exercise, and physical therapy. In some cases, medications can also help alleviate pain associated with DDD. Dr. Brisson will work closely with you to determine whether or not surgery is necessary.
What types of exercises can help manage the symptoms of degenerative disc disease?
Low-impact exercises like walking, swimming, and cycling can help manage the symptoms of degenerative disc disease. Physical therapy and stretching exercises can also help improve flexibility and reduce pain. However, it's important to consult with a specialist before starting any exercise program.
How can I get started with the best spinal orthopedic doctor near me?
At New York Spinal Care, we make it easy to get started with the best spine specialist NYC has to offer. Just use our simple online scheduling tool to request your first appointment with Dr. Brisson.