Walking, carrying, lifting, twisting: The human spine takes on a lot of hard work and strain over the years. Nearly everyone experiences some degeneration of the vertebrae, intervertebral discs or spinal joints by the age of 40.
However, you may be living with degenerative back changes that may be more advanced than usual for your age, and suffering with pain that affects your mobility and limits your lifestyle.
Degenerative Spine Conditions: What You Need to Know
- Degenerative diseases such as stenosis and myeopathy, degenerative disc disease, spinal arthritis and spondylolisthesis are common causes of back pain, especially among older people.
- The cause of these conditions is believed to be inflammation affecting the intervertebral disc space, facet joints, and ligaments within the spine.
- Symptoms vary, but usually involve back or neck pain along with discomfort in the arms or legs, such as radiating pain, tingling, numbness, weakness and aching.
- If you've tried non-surgical treatments without lasting success, it may be time to consider spine surgery, especially if you have uncontrollable pain, trouble walking, difficulty with fine motor control, loss of bowel or bladder function, or other neurological problems.
Why choose the Johns Hopkins Degenerative Spine Conditions Center?
Our collaborative team comprises world-renowned specialists, including neurosurgeons, neurologists, pain specialists, physical medicine experts, rehabilitation physicians, and therapists who work together on your individualized treatment plan.Meet Our Physicians:
The experts at the Degenerative Spine Disease Center will work together with you to relieve back pain and help restore the function of your back, with an individualized approach to your unique situation. In many cases, we can help you get back to normal without surgery. If your surgeon does recommend a surgical procedure, you may be a candidate for one of our minimally invasive techniques.
Learn more about the Spinal Fusion Laboratory and how we're working to improve outcomes for patients with degenerative spinal disease.