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Degenerative Disc Disease Specialist


Regenerative Medicine Specialists located in the Greater Nashville, TN Area, Cookeville, TN & Hendersonville, TN

Degenerative disc disease is a common cause of back pain as well as numbness and tingling in your hips, buttocks, and legs. At Integrity Center For Regenerative Medicine, Brandon Tolman, DO, and the team diagnose and treat degenerative disc disease at their main office in Hermitage, Tennessee, and their other offices in the surrounding areas. They offer innovative regenerative medicine to restore your back for long-term relief. Call Integrity Center For Regenerative Medicine or schedule a consultation online today.

Degenerative Disc Disease Q & A

What is degenerative disc disease?

Degenerative disc disease occurs when age-related degeneration causes pain and other disruptive symptoms. While many people have degenerating discs but no symptoms, if you have back pain, it could be due to issues like leaky disc syndrome and herniated discs, which stem from degenerative disc disease. 

Degenerative disc disease can also cause inflammation and micro-instability. As the muscles in your back respond to balance your body, they can spasm, causing severe pain. Degenerative disc disease can also lead to complications like disc space collapse and endplate erosion in your vertebrae. 


What are the signs of degenerative disc disease?

Degenerative disc disease most often affects your neck and lower back. The most common sign of the condition is continuous, low-grade pain. You might also develop painful muscle spasms or trigger points. If inflammation in your spine compresses a nerve, you might also develop numbness, tingling, or weakness in your hands, arms, feet, or legs. 

Depending on your condition, your pain might come and go with intense flare-ups. Your pain might also be worse after you participate in activities that involve twisting or bending your spine. 


How is degenerative disc disease diagnosed?

The physicians at Integrity Center For Regenerative Medicine provide thorough exams to assess your back pain and identify its cause. 

If they suspect that you have degenerative disc disease, they might perform an annulogram test. During an annulogram test, your physician injects a special dye into your spinal discs that shows up on an X-ray to reveal leaks and other signs of damage. Annulograms are the gold standard in diagnosing the cause of back pain. 


How is degenerative disc disease treated?

Dr. Tolman is the only physician in Tennessee, Georgia, Kentucky, Alabama, and North Carolina who provides Discseel®. Discseel® is an innovative treatment that uses Fibrin, an enzyme that supports blood clotting and tissue regeneration, to seal and repair damaged discs. 

Discseel® is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure that provides an alternative to spinal fusion. It’s also an option if you’ve had failed spinal fusion or other treatments. You might have immediate relief, but your pain and other symptoms continue to subside over the next three to six months as your spinal discs heal.

Your physician might combine Discseel® with other regenerative medicine treatments like stem cell therapy and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections. 

If you’re living with back pain, call Integrity Center For Regenerative Medicine or make an appointment online today.