Degenerative disc disease treatment in Chester,UK
If you live in Chester,UK we offer special rates for the treatment of Degenerative disc disease. Our spinal specialists are leading experts in treating Degenerative disc disease. The London Spine Unit offers package prices that include full assessment of your clinical condition including an MRI scan for a fixed package price of £700.
If you are travelling from Chester we can arrange transport and accommodation at a local hotel at reduced rates.
We specialise in the diagnosis and treatment of Degenerative disc disease. Our Specialists are trained in the recognition of symptoms caused by Degenerative disc disease. The best investigation for this condition is an MRI scan as this shows the structural damage that can be caused by Degenerative disc disease.
If you have been diagnosed with Degenerative disc disease then you should seek a specialist second opinion on the best treatment options as untreated Degenerative disc disease can lead to more serious problems including nerve damage, persistent pain and immobility.
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Degenerative disc disease (DDD) is a medical condition (ICD-10-CM M51.35-37) in which there are anatomic changes and a loss of function of varying degrees of one or more intervertebral discs of the spine of sufficient magnitude as to cause symptoms. The root cause is thought to be loss of soluble proteins within the fluid contained in the disc with resultant reduction of the oncotic pressure, which in turn causes loss of fluid volume. Normal downward forces cause the affected disc to lose height, and the distance between vertebrae is reduced. The anulus fibrosus, the rigid outer shell of a disc, also weakens. This loss of height causes laxity of the longitudinal ligaments, which may allow anterior, posterior, or lateral shifting of the vertebral bodies, causing facet joint malalignment and arthritis; scoliosis; cervical hyperlordosis; thoracic hyperkyphosis; lumbar hyperlordosis; narrowing of the space available for the spinal tract within the vertebra (spinal stenosis); and/or narrowing of the space through which a spinal nerve exits (vertebral foramen stenosis) with resultant inflammation and impingement of a spinal nerve, causing a radiculopathy.
DDD can cause mild to severe pain, either acute or chronic, near the involved disc, as well as neuropathic pain if an adjacent spinal nerve root is involved. Diagnosis is suspected when typical symptoms and physical findings are present; and confirmed by x-rays of the vertebral column. Occasionally the radiologic diagnosis of disc degeneration is made incidentally when a cervical x-ray, chest x-ray, or abdominal x-ray is taken for other reasons, and the abnormalities of the vertebral column are recognized. The diagnosis of DDD is not a radiologic diagnosis, since the interpreting radiologist is not aware whether there are symptoms present or not. Typical radiographic findings include disc space narrowing, displacement of vertebral bodies, fusion of adjacent vertebral bodies, and development of bone in adjacent soft tissue (osteophyte formation). An MRI is typically reserved for those with symptoms, signs, and x-ray findings suggesting the need for surgical intervention.