Degenerative Disc Disease in Manhattan, NY

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The spinal discs provide needed stability and support for the spine. Acting as shock absorbers between the vertebrae, spinal discs require flexibility and cushioning properties to work effectively. Aging factors can result in brittle and flattened spinal discs that are prone to bulge, herniation, and slipping. Degenerative disc disease describes the wear, tear, and aging changes that can occur in spinal discs, even for those in their mid-life years. When degenerative disc disease causes pain, spine instability, or mobility issues, Ospina Medical in NYC offers treatment options for relief.

The spinal discs can experience deterioration from injury or wear prematurely, causing the spinal discs to slip or rupture. While not everyone with degenerative disc disease experiences pain or mobility issues, when the spinal discs no longer function correctly, it can cause back or neck problems. Degenerative disc disease most commonly occurs in the cervical or lumbar spine, which creates neck or lower back pain or dysfunction.


When degenerative disc disease causes ruptured, bulging, or slipped spinal discs in the neck or back, chronic pain and spine instability can result. Managing pain and stimulating healing can be accomplished with non-invasive treatments in most cases. Our interventional and functional medicine options at Ospina Medical can be used to treat degenerative disc disease, relieving pain, and providing spinal stability. We offer injection therapy, including anti-inflammatory medication injections and interventional orthopedics to help those suffering from spinal disc deterioration.

Spinal disc problems can be controlled with the right treatment plan. If you have chronic neck or back pain caused by degenerative disc disease, schedule a consultation with our pain specialists at Ospina Medical in Midtown Manhattan. We can create a treatment plan to manage pain and improve function to maximize your mobility.

Additional Neck & Back Conditions Treated:

Spinal conditions can result in localized neck and back pain as well as radiating nerve pain and limited mobility. Our medical treatment options address pain management and interventional medicine options to improve spinal health. Some of the spinal conditions we treat at our clinic include:

  • Cervical Radiculopathy (Pinched Nerve)
  • Cervical Spondylosis
  • Discogenic Pain
  • Facet Syndrome
  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome – FBSS
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy/Sciatica (Pinched Nerve)
  • Lumbar Spondylosis
  • Mid Back Pain/Thoracic Back Pain
  • Post Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Sacroiliac Joint Disease
  • Spinal Stenosis (cervical or lumbar)
  • Thoracic Radiculopathy
  • Vertebral Compression Fracture
  • Whiplash Syndrome

You do not need to live with chronic pain and limited mobility due to a spinal condition. Come see us at Ospina Medical in Midtown Manhattan for neck and back pain treatment that can improve your quality of life. We offer advanced options in pain management, interventional and functional medicine with a focus on excellent patient care. Contact us today to schedule your pain consultation.

Degenerative Disc Disease FAQ

Can degenerative disc disease affect other parts of the body?
While degenerative disc disease primarily affects the spine, it can have secondary effects on other parts of the body. For example, if the disease leads to nerve compression in the spine, it can cause radiating pain, numbness, or weakness in the arms or legs, depending on the location of the affected disc. Chronic pain from degenerative disc disease can also impact overall mobility and quality of life, potentially affecting daily activities and mental health.

How can I prevent degenerative disc disease from worsening?
While the degenerative process cannot be completely halted, there are ways to prevent the condition from worsening. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle with regular exercise can strengthen the muscles around the spine and improve flexibility. Proper posture while sitting and standing can reduce unnecessary strain on the spine. Additionally, avoiding smoking and maintaining a healthy weight can also be beneficial. It's important to consult with a healthcare provider, like the specialists at Ospina Medical, for personalized advice and a treatment plan.

Are there any lifestyle or dietary changes that can help with degenerative disc disease?
Yes, certain lifestyle and dietary changes can help manage symptoms of degenerative disc disease. Engaging in low-impact exercises, incorporating anti-inflammatory foods into your diet, and staying hydrated are all ways to improve symptoms of this condition. It's recommended to discuss any major lifestyle or dietary changes with a healthcare professional for tailored advice.

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