Degenerative Disc Disease

neck-pain

Degenerative disc disease (DDD) is not really a disease but a term used to describe the normal changes of the discs in the spine as a person ages. The breakdown of the discs can result in back pain, neck pain, or other problems.

Age-related changes that cause DDD include a loss of fluid in the discs and tiny tears or cracks in the outer layer (annulus or capsule) of the disc. A sudden (acute) injury leading to a herniated disc may also begin the degeneration process.

Pain from DDD is first treated with ice or heat and with over-the-counter medicines. If you develop health problems such as osteoarthritis, a herniated disc, or spinal stenosis, you may need other treatments. These include physical therapy and exercises. In some cases, surgery may be recommended.

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Doctors

Listed below are Signature Medical Group physicians who diagnose and treat this condition.

J. Clinton Walker, MD

J. Clinton Walker

Overland Park, KS

  • Orthopedics
  • Hand and Wrist
  • Shoulder and Elbow

Christopher W. Palmer, DO

Christopher W. Palmer

St. Louis, MO

  • Orthopedics
  • Hip and Knee
  • Joint Replacement
  • Trauma

Qasim Zaidi, MD

Qasim Zaidi

St. Louis, MO

  • Spine
  • Orthopedics
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Locations

Signature Orthopedics - South County

Signature Orthopedics - South County
12639 Old Tesson Road
Suites 100 and 115
St. Louis, MO 63128
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314-849-0311

Kansas City Bone & Joint Clinic

Kansas City Bone & Joint Clinic
10701 Nall Avenue
Suite 200
Overland Park, KS 66211
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913-381-5225

Signature Orthopedics - Chesterfield

Signature Orthopedics - Chesterfield
121 St. Luke’s Center Drive
Building A, Suite 302
Chesterfield, MO 63017
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314-849-0311

Kansas City Bone & Joint Clinic – Lee’s Summit

Kansas City Bone & Joint Clinic – Lee’s Summit
3151 NE Carnegie Drive
Suite B
Lee's Summit, MO 64064
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913-381-5225

Signature Orthopedics - Fenton

Signature Orthopedics - Fenton
1011 Bowles Avenue
Suite 100
Fenton, MO 63026
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314-849-0311