Degenerative Disc Disease Specialist

Kasra Amirdelfan, M.D. -  - Interventional Pain Management Specialist

Kasra Amirdelfan, M.D.

Interventional Pain Management Specialist located in Walnut Creek, CA

Degenerative disc disease doesn’t always cause symptoms, but when it does the pain can be debilitating. As a world-renowned pain management expert, Kasra Amirdelfan, MD, provides the most advanced, minimally invasive degenerative disc disease solutions at his East Bay practice in Walnut Creek, California. If you have degenerative disc disease, schedule an appointment with Dr. Amirdelfan online or by phone today.

Degenerative Disc Disease Q & A

What is degenerative disc disease?

Degenerative disc disease describes the age-related deterioration of the discs cushioning your vertebrae.

Each of the bones that make up your spine, known as vertebra, are cushioned by a rubbery disc that functions as a shock absorber. As you age, these discs start to break down, which can trigger pain.

Several factors increase your risks of having degenerative disc disease, including:

  • Being overweight
  • Smoking
  • Engaging in strenuous physical work

You can also increase your chances of degenerative disc disease if you have a sudden injury, like a fall.

What are the symptoms of degenerative disc disease?

The signs of degenerative disc disease can vary from no symptoms at all to pain that’s intense and debilitating. In many cases, it’s likely you’ll have pain that comes and goes, ranging from mild to disabling. Over time, you can also develop symptoms in other parts of your body, including your neck or lower back, buttocks and thighs, or arms and hands.

Common signs of degenerative disc disease include:

  • Radiating pain and weakness
  • Tingling and numbness
  • Muscle spasms in your neck or lower back

When you have degenerative disc disease, your symptoms are often worse when you’re sitting, bending, twisting, or lifting. You might also notice your discomfort improves if you lay down, change position, or take a walk.

How is degenerative disc disease diagnosed?

Dr. Amirdelfan diagnoses degenerative disc disease by reviewing your symptoms, getting more information on your pain, and discussing your personal history.

During a physical examination, Dr. Amirdelfan might also evaluate your muscle strength, pain during movement, and your nerve function. Based on your preliminary exam, he might also recommend digital imaging like MRIs or CT scans or a discogram to identify painful discs.

As a leader in pain management, Dr. Amirdelfan can help manage your condition.

How is degenerative disc disease treated?

After reaching a diagnosis, Dr. Amirdelfan might suggest one of several cutting-edge pain management techniques to address your discomfort. These might include:

  • Nerve blocks
  • Epidural injections
  • Intrathecal infusion
  • Interspinous spacers
  • Sacroiliac (SI) joint fusion
  • Spinal cord stimulation (SCS)

Dr. Amirdelfan could also recommend regenerative medicine techniques designed to use the healing powers in your body to repair damage and tissue degeneration.

If you have symptoms associated with degenerative disc disease, call the office of Dr. Kasra Amirdelfan or schedule an appointment online today.