Degenerative Conditions Leading to Neck and Lower Back Pain

Degenerative Conditions Leading to Neck and Lower Back Pain in Bakersfield

Time, wear and tear cause the spine to age, leading to the breakdown and gradual degeneration of its components. There are several degenerative conditions that can affect the bone and soft tissues of the spine, some of which may occur simultaneously within the same person. A physical exam and diagnostic imaging scans can confirm a diagnosis and help a physician develop a personalized plan for each patient’s treatment.


Did you know…

that disc degeneration is a normal part of the aging process? Everyone in Bakersfield will experience some degree of degeneration in the spinal discs, although the extent to which a person is affected will vary. Some people experience no symptoms at all, whereas others suffer with severe lower back and neck pain.

Frequently Asked Questions

What types of degenerative conditions affect the spine?

Degenerative disc disease is one of the most common conditions responsible for lower back and neck pain in Bakersfield. Other degenerative conditions include:

  • Osteoarthritis (deterioration of cartilage in the spine)
  • Spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal)
  • Herniated disc (disc that bulges out from the spine)

What are the symptoms of a degenerative spine condition?

In addition to lower back pain and neck pain, a degenerative spine condition may also cause a limited range of motion and spinal deformity. Some people with severe degenerative conditions also experience neurological dysfunction, such as numbness, weakness, loss of bladder or bowel control, sensory loss, and pain that worsens with prolonged periods of sitting or standing in the same position.

What is the treatment for degenerative spine conditions in Bakersfield?

Treatment is not one-size-fits-all; it is always customized to the needs of the patient. Since we prefer to take the most conservative approach possible, patients who experience only occasional symptomatic flare-ups may benefit from pain management and rehabilitative back or neck exercises. Those who experience chronic or severe pain that has not responded to conservative treatment may require surgery. Options may include spinal fusion or even artificial disc replacement.