New York Spine Institute Spine Services

Degenerative Disc Disease



No matter your symptoms, past medical history, or lifestyle, NYSI promises to create a comprehensive treatment customized just for you. From physical therapy to surgery, our team is here to provide high quality care.


Alexandre B. de Moura, M.D., FAAOS is New York Spine Institute’s leading medical director. Back doctor’s at NYSI are industry leaders in complex spine disorder treatments with decades of experience.


New York Spine Institute provides back pain services to patients form all over the world. Our professional staff speaks several languages including Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, German, and Russian.

Understanding the Causes Of Your Degenerative Disc Disease

Degenerative Disc Disease is when the normal wear and tear on your spine begins to cause you pain. You spinal vertebrae are shock absorbers that help you stay flexible. As you age the normal breakdown of these disc make cause pain or discomfort.*

Degenerative Disc Disease as the condition states is caused by the aging process. Although this is a natural process. Sudden injuries or trauma to the spine can also spark the onset of this condition. There are several risk factors that can influence the onset of symptoms later in life such as*:

  • Family history of DDD
  • Excessive strain and wear due to sports
  • Labor-intensive jobs, heavy lifting
  • Obesity- excessive extra weight on joints
  • Smoking cigarettes and other tobacco products

Disc degeneration is a common the older you get, however, not all people develop pain or symptoms of the condition. The Symptoms tend to show when spinal instability, muscle tension, and possibly nerve root irritation has occured. It’s also common that back pain caused from DDD is more severe for individuals between ages 30 and 40 than past age 60 years of age.*

Diagnosing Your Degenerative Disc Disorder

Diagnosing Degenerative Disc Disorder is typically done in two stages. First, you will need a review of your medical history which includes a review of when your symptoms began, past injuries, sleeping patterns, and family history. Then, a physical examination will follow. One of our NYSI doctors will test your range of motion, check for any areas of tenderness, and any spots where there could be inflammed.*

This spinal condition, depending on the severity, may require an MRI scan to ensure that other issues are not contributing to painful symptoms, such as a fracture or disc herniation. If surgery is needed, an imaging test is required before any procedures to accurately locate the degenerated disc and plan the surgery. Our MRI technician Alexandra Inglima will make sure your experience is smooth and stress-free.*

Treatment Options For Degenerative Disc Disorder

Treatment options for DDD will vary patient to patient. Our spine specialists aim to give you the most appropriate treatment options, and put surgery on the table as a last possible option. Physical Therapy is a form of therapy we offer used to encourage mobility and movement, decrease pain, restore function and prevent disability in patients with injuries or impairments. This is achieved through the use of modalities, active and passive stretching, engaging in an exercise program and manual therapy.*

*The effectiveness of diagnosis and treatment will vary by patient and condition. New York Spine Institute does not guarantee certain results.

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