Physicians and surgeons at NYU Langone’s Spine Center collaborate to provide expert care for people with degenerative disc disease. This condition causes the spongy layers of cartilage that cushion the bones of the spine to deteriorate, often as a natural part of aging. Over time, changes in the size and resiliency of the discs can cause persistent, aching pain in the back or neck, and may make everyday movements difficult.
Our spine specialists in orthopedics, neurology, neurosurgery, and rehabilitation work together to identify the anatomical changes caused by degenerative disc disease. Based on the results of advanced diagnostic imaging tests, they create a personalized treatment plan to help you manage symptoms and remain active.
Many people with degenerative disc disease find that medication and physical therapy relieve back or neck pain. If diagnostic tests indicate that changes in the discs cause vertebrae to move out of place or put pressure on nearby nerves, doctors may recommend surgery.
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