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Your Degenerative Disc Disease Doctor in New York

Degenerative Spine Disease

Welcome to New York Orthopaedic Spinal Associates, where we specialize in treating degenerative spinal diseases. Our expert team of board-certified physicians is led by two brothers, Drs. Marc and Ira Chernoff. With over 30 years of experience, they have built a reputation as leaders in the field of spinal care.

What sets our practice apart is our commitment to providing personalized service and treating each patient like family. We understand that dealing with a spinal condition can be overwhelming, which is why we take the time to listen to our patients and develop individualized treatment plans that address their specific needs.

At New York Orthopaedic Spinal Associates, patients aren't just a number. We believe in building lasting relationships with our patients to ensure the best possible outcomes. Whether you're dealing with facet joint syndrome, piriformis syndrome, or any other degenerative disease, we’re here to help you recover.

If you’re ready to receive care from the best spine surgeon New York has to offer, we’re ready to help you. Schedule your first appointment with New York Orthopaedic Spinal Associates today.


X-ray example of Degenerative Disease

Degenerative Disc Disease Treatment at New York Orthopaedic Spinal Associates

Treating Degenerative Disc Disease Symptom

Degenerative spinal diseases can cause a variety of symptoms that can impact your daily life. At New York Orthopaedic Spinal Associates, we specialize in diagnosing and treating these conditions to help our patients find relief from their symptoms.

Facet Joint Syndrome

This condition occurs when the facet joints in your spine wear down over time, causing pain and limited mobility. Symptoms include:

  • Pain and stiffness in the neck or back
  • Limited range of motion
  • Muscle spasms

Treatments for facet joint syndrome may include physical therapy, medications, and injections to reduce inflammation.

Piriformis Syndrome

Piriformis syndrome occurs when the piriformis muscle in your buttocks spasms and irritates the nearby sciatic nerve. Symptoms include:

  • Pain in the buttocks and/or down the leg
  • Numbness or tingling in the leg

Treatments for piriformis syndrome may include physical therapy, stretching exercises, and medications to reduce inflammation.

Degenerative Disc Disease

This condition occurs when the discs in your spine begin to break down, causing pain and limited mobility. Symptoms include:

  • Back pain that worsens with movement
  • Numbness or tingling in the legs or arms

Treatments for degenerative disc disease may include physical therapy, medications, and surgery in severe cases.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it's important to seek diagnosis and treatment from a qualified orthopaedic specialist. The team at New York Orthopaedic Spinal Associates has the experience and expertise needed to develop an individualized treatment plan that addresses your specific needs.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the most common degenerative disc disease causes?

Degenerative disc disease (DDD) has multiple possible causes. The most common causes of DDD are as follows:

  • Natural aging process: DDD is a natural part of the aging process. As we age, the water content in our intervertebral discs decreases, causing them to become less flexible, stiffer, and more prone to damage.
  • Trauma or injury: A sudden injury or trauma to the spine can lead to disc damage and degeneration.
  • Repetitive stress on the spine: Repetitive motions such as lifting heavy weights, bending, or twisting can lead to disc damage and degeneration over time.
  • Genetics: In some cases, DDD can be caused by genetics. Some people are born with weaker discs that are more prone to damage and degeneration.

While these are the most common causes of DDD, there may be other factors that contribute to the condition. If you are experiencing symptoms of DDD, we recommend seeking evaluation and treatment from a qualified orthopaedic specialist to determine the underlying cause and develop an appropriate treatment plan for your specific needs.

Is degenerative disc disease surgery always necessary?

No! Degenerative disc disease (DDD) surgery is not always necessary. In fact, the majority of patients with DDD do not require surgical intervention and can be successfully managed with non-surgical treatments.

Non-surgical treatments for DDD may include:

  • Physical therapy: A customized physical therapy program can help relieve pain, improve mobility, and strengthen the spine.
  • Medications: Over-the-counter or prescription medications such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can help reduce pain and inflammation.
  • Injections: Corticosteroid injections can provide short-term relief from pain and inflammation.
  • Lifestyle modifications: Simple lifestyle changes such as maintaining a healthy weight, staying active, and avoiding activities that exacerbate symptoms can also be helpful.

While surgery may be recommended in severe cases of DDD, it is typically considered a last resort after non-surgical treatments have been exhausted. Drs. Ira and Marc Chernoff are passionate about using the least-invasive measures possible to help patients with DDD.

Do you accept insurance for degenerative disc surgery?

Yes! New York Orthopaedic Spinal Associates proudly accepts insurance from most major providers. However, we always recommend reaching out to your insurance provider and double-checking coverage before scheduling an appointment. We are happy to answer any additional questions you may have about insurance and payment options.

How can I get started with the best spine doctor near me?

At New York Orthopaedic Spinal Associates, we make it as simple as possible for patients to get started on their road to recovery from spinal pain. Just request your first appointment online.

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