Adult Degenerative Disorders

Adult Degenerative Disorders


Adult Degenerative Disorders is a general term referring to any disorder or disease of the bone and soft tissues of the spine that is due to the process of aging and wear-and-tear.


Conditions such as herniated discs, spinal stenosis, and spinal instability are a few examples of adult degenerative disorders.

Signs & Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of many degenerative disorders of the spine include pain in the back or neck and in the arms or legs, numbness, tingling, weakness, paralysis, muscle wasting, and abnormal reflexes.


Diagnosis of a degenerative disorder is generally completed with a thorough neurological examination. If spine disease is suspected, imaging studies of the spine including CAT scans, MRIs, and sometimes X-ray will be ordered.


Treatment of degenerative disorders depends on the specific disorder, but often patients benefit from conservative therapy, rest, and physical therapy. Others benefit from spinal injections, and in some cases surgical intervention may be beneficial.