Degenerative Disc Disease

What is a Degenerative Disc Disease (or Discopathy)?

Degenerative Disc Disease is an age-related condition that happens when one or more of the discs between the vertebrae of the spinal column deteriorate or break down. It is one of the most common causes of low back and neck pain and often misunderstood.


How does Degenerative Disc Disease occur?

Simply put, degenerative disc disease refers to symptoms of back or neck pain caused by wear-and-tear on a spinal disc. The rubbery discs between the vertebrae normally allow for flexing and bending of the back, and act like shock absorbers. As they become worn the protection diminishes.

Who suffers from this condition?

Despite its name, degenerative disc disease is not a disease, but a natural occurrence that comes with aging.

What are the symptoms of Degenerative Disc Disease?

Common complaints can be weakness, numbness, and hot, shooting pains in the arms or legs also called radicular pain. Low-level chronic pain is typical with intermittent episodes of more severe pain.

Treatment for Degenerative Disc Disease

The Nordic Health physical therapist measures the spine using our proprietary medical equipment with strength, mobility, and strength-balance testing functionality., The results are compared against the normative values of a healthy spine considering the height, weight, age, and gender of the patient.

Based on this information we develop an individualized treatment plan to exercise the spinal core muscles. We have consistently been able to deliver great clinical outcomes with significantly increased mobility, endurance, and strength levels to help improve the patient’s daily life.

Who is a candidate for Nordic Health?

Nordic Health Spine+Ortho is a clinic-based, physician-driven, patient-centric treatment program for those with spine and orthopedic pain:

  • Back, neckshoulderhip, and knee pain
  • Sudden onset of pain
  • First-time episodes of pain
  • A history of chronic pain and/or decreased function
  • Post-surgical patients (requires a surgeon’s approval)