Degenerative Spinal Conditions Specialist

DeClaire LaMacchia Orthopedic Institute

Orthopedic Surgery & Physical Therapy located in Rochester, MI

Over time, repeated strain and overuse take a toll on your back and may lead to degenerative spinal conditions like disc herniation. Board-certified orthopaedic surgeon John LaMacchia, MD, and the team at DeClaire LaMacchia Orthopaedic Institute offers surgical and nonsurgical treatments for degenerative spinal conditions at their practice in Rochester, Michigan. For high-quality care of degenerative spinal conditions, call to book an appointment today.

Degenerative Spinal Conditions Q & A

What are degenerative spinal conditions?

Degenerative damage to the spine results from wear and tear over time rather than a specific injury. This damage is due to a combination of factors, including repetitive movements like bending and lifting and a loss of water content in your tissues that occurs naturally with age. 

The expert surgeons at DeClaire LaMacchia Orthopaedic Institute treat many degenerative spinal conditions, including:

  • Herniated discs
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Spinal stenosis

When you’re young, spinal discs are soft and act like cushions between your vertebrae. But these discs lose volume and hydration over the years, reducing their ability to absorb shock. Discs may herniate, meaning they may bulge outward, and press on a spinal nerve. In the later stages of disc degeneration, bone spurs may develop on your vertebrae and cause spinal stenosis.

How do I know if I have a degenerative spinal condition?

After age 40, nearly everyone experiences some degree of spinal degeneration. Common signs and symptoms of degenerative spinal conditions include:

  • Back pain
  • Pain that radiates into the hip and leg (sciatica)
  • Numbness and tingling
  • Muscle weakness 
  • Pain that worsens when lifting or twisting

Most degenerative spinal conditions worsen without treatment. If you have any of these signs or symptoms, the team at DeClaire LaMacchia Orthopaedic Institute accurately diagnoses your condition and initiates effective treatment.

What are my treatment options for a degenerative spinal condition?

Dr. LaMacchia and his team carefully evaluates your condition, they create a personalized treatment plan. Depending on your needs, treatment may include:

Nonsurgical treatments for degenerative spinal conditions

As conservative providers, the Dr. LaMacchia and the team at DeClaire LaMacchia Orthopaedic Institute uses nonsurgical treatments whenever possible, such as:

  • Physical therapy
  • Medications to relieve pain
  • Cold laser therapy
  • Lumbar epidural steroid injection

Surgical procedures for degenerative spinal conditions

If nonsurgical treatments don’t resolve your pain, surgical intervention may be necessary. Dr. LaMacchia and his expert team perform various surgical procedures for spinal degeneration, including instrumented spinal fusion with decompression. This procedure fuses two or more vertebrae and supports them with instruments like rods, plates, or screws. 

For effective treatment of spinal degeneration, call DeClaire LaMacchia Orthopaedic Institute to book an appointment today.