Black Disc Disease Overview

Who Will Suffer From Black Disc Disease?

Black Disc Disease is also known as Degenerative Disc Disease, black disc disease will develop in nearly all of us over time as we age and is just a normal aspect life. Black disc disease is the number one cause of lower back pain.

What is Black Disc Disease?

Really this condition isn’t even a disease and while it can interfere with daily activities, for the majority of people who have this condition they will not show any symptoms at all.

As you age the joints in your spine will degenerate, which does not have to be caused by any sort of trauma. As the discs in your back become thinner and thinner they become fragile exposing your facet joints to wear and tear. Since these discs act as shock absorbers for your spine whey they no longer work properly and allow your back to flex, bend and twist the way it should which causes back pain.

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Black Disc Disease Symptoms

Most people with black disc disease are active and otherwise healthy individuals in their later life. There are many degrees of severity to this condition and many ways of dealing with it, making it possible that one might go on to have a relatively pain free life.

Black disc disease can affect any of the many intervertebral discs in your spine. The pain from black disc disease varies from person to person and for many people they have no pain whatsoever, while others with the same degree of disc damage will have very severe pain that limits what they can do.

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Treatment for Black Disc Disease

Black disc treatment can vary from conservative treatments, medications, physical therapy, exercise, pain management techniques all the way to surgery. What is best for you will depend on many factors that you can discuss with your doctor. Because black disc disease is not reversible as there is no way to rehydrate your disc, treatment generally involves the following:

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Desiccated Disc Overview

Disc desiccation refers to the drying out of your inter-vertebral discs. These discs act as cushions for the vertebrae (bones) in your spine. They have a tough outer shell and a softer gel like inside. Think of them as the shock absorbers of the spine helping when we walk, run, or jump. A desiccated disc is often the first stage of spinal degenerative disease, as the discs would no longer provide the proper cushioning that is needed in-between the vertebra.

As we age the fluid in our discs evaporates or slowly leaks out. Everyone to some extent will experience some sort of disc desiccation during their lifetime and most patients that are treated for disc desiccation are 60 years of age or older.

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Non Surgical Desiccated Disc Treatments

Once you have been diagnosed with this condition, expect your doctor to talk to you about your lifestyle and the best possible way to go about relieving the pain while also choosing the best desiccated disc treatment option available to you depending on how severe your condition is.

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