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Spinal Degeneration

Spinal Degeneration Doctor in Elkton, MD

At Living Well Healthcare in Elkton MD, our specialist will help you relieve pain caused by spinal degeneration. Contact us today and improve your health. We are conveniently located at 270 West Main Street, Elkton MD 21921. For more information, please call us or book an appointment online.

Spinal Degeneration Doctor Near Me in Elkton MD
Spinal Degeneration Doctor Near Me in Elkton MD

Table of Contents:

What is degenerative spinal disease?
What are the different types of spinal disorders?
What are the symptoms and causes of spinal degeneration?
What are the stages of degenerative disc disease?

A spinal degeneration doctor is a medical professional that specializes in correcting abnormalities in the spine, particularly due to wear and tear. They also specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions of the spine, such as herniated discs, spinal cord injuries, and degenerative diseases of the spine including spinal stenosis and arthritis. Spinal doctors come from many backgrounds, such as chiropractic, and often work closely with other healthcare professionals to diagnose and treat problems of the spine. They are the foremost professional when it comes to spinal conditions and should be the first doctor consulted when experiencing back pain or other symptoms of a spinal condition.

What is degenerative spinal disease?

Degenerative spinal disease is a group of conditions that cause damage to the spinal cord, which can lead to symptoms such as muscle weakness, loss of bladder and bowel control, and difficulty walking. In many cases, degenerative spinal disease is the result of an accident or injury; however, it can also be a part of aging or the result of an inherited genetic condition. Regardless of its cause, degenerative spinal disease is a serious condition that requires treatment to help manage its symptoms. The most common types of spinal degenerative disease are osteoarthritis, degenerative disc disease, and arthritis caused by infection; while each of these conditions causes damage to the spinal bones and joints, everyone is different and requires a unique treatment plan. Most people with spinal degenerative disease experience pain, which is the primary symptom, as well as lack of sensation, paresthesia (pins and needles), and limited range of motion.

What are the different types of spinal disorders?

Numerous conditions can affect the spine. Anywhere from the neck to the lower back can be affected, and may include disorders such as:

Degenerative spine and disc conditions:

•  Arthritis
•  Degenerative disc disease
•  Herniated disc
•  Spinal stenosis
•  Spondylosis

Other spine conditions and disorders:

•  Ankylosing spondylitis
•  Back pain
•  Basilar invagination, basilar impression, and cranial settling
•  Chronic spine and back pain
•  Kyphosis
•  Myelopathy
•  Neck pain
•  Osteoporosis and vertebral fractures
•  Radiculopathy
•  Scheuermann’s kyphosis
•  Scoliosis
•  Spinal cord injury
•  Spinal deformities
•  Spinal fracture
•  Spinal tumors
•  Spondylolisthesis

What are the symptoms and causes of spinal degeneration?

The most common symptom of spinal degeneration is pain that affects the neck and back, and maybe characterized as:

•  Intermittent (comes and goes)
•  Persistent (lasting for weeks or months)
•  Numbness or tingling in arms or legs
•  Radiating down buttocks and lower back
•  Worsening with sitting, bending, or lifting
The most common causes of spinal degeneration are injury and wear and tear with age; the disks wear down as part of the aging process. Most people experience some degree of disk degeneration, especially after the age of 40. However, not everyone experiences pain.

Pain may be caused if spinal disks:

•  Dry Out — Disks have a softcore (known as the nucleus) that is mostly composed of water. With age, the nucleus naturally loses some water, which causes the disk to thin, and as a result, cannot provide as much shock absorption.

•  Tear or Crack — Minor injuries can lead to small cracks or tears in the spinal disks, which often occur near nerves. Even minor tears can be painful.

What are the stages of degenerative disc disease?

The stages of degenerative disc disease include:

•  Stage 1 — The spine loses its normal balance or curvature, resulting in postural irregularities and minor pain or discomfort.

•  Stage 2 — As the degeneration becomes worse, postural changes may be greater, and pain, as well as fatigue, is likely to develop.

•  Stage 3 — Nerve compression is likely at this stage, and posture issues are also exacerbated. Bones spurs may develop and high levels of discomfort and pain are likely to occur, which often leads to pain radiating into the hips and legs.
If you are experiencing the symptoms associated with spinal degeneration, come to Living Well Healthcare for professional care and treatment. Call us today or book an appointment with our spinal degeneration doctor, or visit our Maryland clinic in Elton at 270 West Main Street. We serve patients from Elkton MD, Elk Mills MD, Fair Hill MD, Woodcrest Shores MD, North East MD, Warwick MD, and Chesapeake City MD. We look forward to serving you!