Discogenic low back pain, that which originates from the disc, is believed to be the most common type of low back pain.
Studies show that an individual has an 80 percent chance of suffering from low back pain during their lifetime. In addition, at any given time, about 18 percent of the population is experiencing low back pain.1,2 In the U.S. alone, healthcare provides estimate that the treatment of low back pain exceeds $100 billion each year!
With discogenic back pain, in particular, lumbar disc degeneration is the culprit, usually a result of degenerative disc disease, though not all degenerated discs cause pain. Of course, disc degeneration occurs naturally with age, and pain may occur spontaneously or as a result of stress from an activity of some sort.
In some cases, individuals won’t even notice the degeneration of their discs but, for others, the pain will range anywhere from annoying to severe, with most sufferers ranging in age from 30 to 60 years old.
Happily, we know that discogenic pain can be relieved with the right kinds of treatment, including that of the non-surgical variety, though some severe cases that are interfering with regular activities may indeed require surgical intervention. Only an in-depth examination, x-rays, and other diagnostic procedures can determine the right course of action.
Discogenic back pain – indeed, any back pain that’s constant – can be quite disconcerting for the patient. They wonder what’s causing it and if it will ever end. For younger patients with discogenic pain, they ponder questions about how much worse this will get as they age. Hence, it’s the job of the spine specialist to put their mind at ease as much as possible.
This is done through proper patient education, and good education is achieved through the use of high-quality spine education tools. A 3D discogenic pain model can help explain how discs lose hydration and become more susceptible to cracking or fissures. A good model can explain annular tears and how these tears lead to inflammation and, as a result, the pain that they are experiencing.
The totally dynamic 3D discogenic pain models designed and manufactured by Dynamic Disc Designs (ddd) can be key to helping a patient gain the knowledge they need and want in regards to their low back pain. In particular, the company’s Professional LxH model shows the nerves in the disc and can clearly demonstrate the reasons for and problems surrounding degenerative disc disease.
The models designed by ddd are being used by a variety of spine specialists and other medical professionals – including chiropractors, spine surgeons, pain management doctors, physiotherapist, and osteopaths – to put patients’ minds at ease. As they hold the discogenic pain model in their hands and manipulate the parts of the spine, the patient begins to understand how they can help themselves heal. For many, it’s a true lightbulb moment and a first step on the road to becoming pain-free.
1. Andersson GB. Epidemiological features of chronic low-back pain. Lancet. 1999; 354:581–585.
2. Mooney V. Presidential address. International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine. Dallas, 1986. Where is the pain coming from? Spine (Phila., Pa 1976) 1987;12:754–759.