Spinal discs, which are located between the bones of the spine, act like shock absorbers so that we can bend and twist efficiently, without damage or pain in the back and neck. If you’ve been diagnosed with degenerative disc or lumbar disc disease in North Idaho, these discs are not working properly to protect your spine. Spinal discs are not able to repair themselves and lose fluid or crack and tear. Usually wear and tear occurs over time, although in other cases discs are damaged by sudden trauma. The damage, whether abrupt or slow, can result in painful osteoarthritis, herniated discs, and spinal stenosis.
Lumbar Disc Disease In North Idaho Causes Pain and Immobility That Can Be Treated
Lumbar disc disease in North Idaho patients leads to low back and leg pain due to inflammation of the nerves near the affected disc, or because the damaged disc, which can no longer absorb stress, causes instability in the spine. Many people experience manageable pain that flares up on occasion for short periods of time. Specialists at Northwest Specialty Hospital take a thorough history, perform a physical exam, and may order an MRI if they suspect lumbar disc disease. In North Idaho patients with back pain is most often treated with oral and/or injected medications, physical therapy, exercise, activity modification, and applications of heat and ice.
Fusion and Total Disc Replacement Are Surgical Options for Treatment
In severely debilitating cases of lumbar disc disease, North Idaho physicians at Northwest Specialty Hospital may recommend fusion or total disc replacement surgeries. During lumbar spine fusion, bone grafts are placed between the vertebrae in the spine so that they can grow together and stop motion between the bones to relieve discomfort. During total disc replacement, which is a new method of treatment, the entire disc is substituted with an artificial disc.
At Northwest Specialty Hospital, we’re ready to talk with you as soon as possible about your back pain and help determine if you have lumbar disc disease. We’re devoted to patient-centered care that puts you in charge of your health.