Even working at a desk can be difficult as this condition often makes it quite painful to sit for prolonged periods of time.
Understanding degenerative disc disease
In order to understand this condition, it is important to note that the name is actually a misnomer. First, the word “degenerative” makes it sound as if the symptoms will get progressively worse with time, but this is not what the word is referring to. It’s actually referring to the degeneration of the disc which is causing the pain in the first place. Secondly, it is not a disease, but a condition that is part of the natural aging process and can be exacerbated by certain activities.
The pain caused by this condition is the result of two problems caused by the worn down discs: inflammation resulting in radiating pain and abnormal micro-motion instability leading to muscle spasms.
Pain may remain localized in the affected area, but many experience radiating pain that may travel as far as the extremities. The muscle spasms occur as a natural reflexive action of the body as it tries to correct the position and alignment of the spine.
There are two main types of degenerative disc disease that each refer to one of the commonly affected areas:
Lumbar degenerative disc disease refers to problems with the discs of the lower back and pain radiating through the hips, legs, feet, and toes.
Cervical degenerative disc disease refers to issues surrounding the discs in the neck and pain through the shoulders, arms, and even hands.
Risks associated with this condition
In some cases degenerative disc disease is thought to lead to or speed up the onset of other spinal conditions including:
- Osteoarthritis of the spine / neck arthritis
This refers to change in the joints that may affect comfort and mobility.
- Spinal stenosis
In some cases, the spinal cord or a nerve can become pinched because of the movement or degeneration of a disc.
This occurs when the disc has degenerated to the point of failure in the facet joints. This is known colloquially as a slipped disc.
How we can help
Whether you need to negotiate special working considerations with your employer or prove your disability to be eligible for benefits, the legal team at Campisi Law is familiar with these types of cases and can help you find the best solution for your situation. We will guide you through the process and ensure you receive the care and compensation you deserve.