Spine Center

Phone: (404) 459-1809
Fax: (404) 459-1840
Patients will be seen in 24-48 hours whenever possible 

Sandy Springs
Medical Tower at Northside-Atlanta

5670 Peachtree-Dunwoody Rd.
Suite 950
Atlanta, GA 30342

Northside Hospital-Forsyth

Medical Office Building
1100 Northside Forsyth Dr.
Suite 400
Cumming, GA 30041

North Crescent Medical Office Building
11975 Morris Road.
Suite 125
Alpharetta, GA 30005
Northside Hospital-Cherokee

Medical Office Building
120 Oakside Ct.
Canton GA 30114


Degenerative Disc Disease

One of the leading sources of a stiff neck and aching back is not actually a “disease.” It's an inevitable function of the normal aging of the spine, kind of like gray hair and wrinkles.

At least 30% of people 30 to 50 years old have some degree of degenerative lumbar disc disease, although they may not be in pain.

Symptoms of Degenerative Lumbar Disc Disease

When the discs in the spine lose their cushioning, they degenerate and MAY cause persistent pain in the neck, mid back, low back, legs, neck or arms.

Pain may be caused by a bone spur impinging upon a nerve, arthritis of the joint, deconditioning, muscle inflexiblility and other factors.

Treatment for Degenerative Disc Disease

Treatment for pain caused by degenerative disc disease is almost always conservative and can include medications and physical therapy. Identifying and treating contributing factors is very important.

It's also important to have an evaluation for pain in the neck, mid and low back in order to direct appropriate treatment to the problem. Generally, it's best to stay active but avoid heavy lifting, bending and twisting.

You can manage Degenerative Disc Disease

Conservative treatment for degenerative disc disease can include:

  • Applications of heat or ice
  • Weight loss
  • Rest
  • Stretching exercises
  • Exercises to strengthen the core
  • Low-impact aerobic activities, such as walking, swimming or biking
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Cervical pillow
  • Cervical collar
  • Lumbar corset
  • Traction
  • Epidural injection of steroids

You can manage pain and minimize its frequency or severity. Get into an appropriate exercise program. Choose a sport like golf that calls for rotating the back. Don't lift anything heavy.

At Northside Hospital Spine Center, our spine specialists take a conservative approach, avoiding back surgery whenever there's a non-invasive option. Spinal fusion surgery is the last resort. The latest option for lumbar degenerative disc disease is artificial disc replacement.


Northside Hospital - Atlanta

1000 Johnson Ferry Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30342
(404) 851-8000

Northside Hospital - Cherokee

450 Northside Cherokee Blvd.
Canton, GA 30115
(770) 224-1000

Northside Hospital - Forsyth

1200 Northside Forsyth Drive
Cumming, GA 30041
(770) 844-3200

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