Expert Discogenic Pain Treatment in Manhattan, Provided by Matthew Spiegel, MD


Discogenic pain is a type of spine pain that originates from the intervertebral discs. These discs, located between the vertebrae, act as shock absorbers, and support the spinal column.

The most common cause of discogenic pain is degeneration of the intervertebral discs, which can occur due to age, injury, or overuse. Disc degeneration can lead to a loss of water and proteoglycans, making the disc less flexible and more prone to rupture and tear. Discogenic pain may arise anywhere along the spinal column (neck, upper back, lower back), but is most common in the low back. When a disc is damaged or degenerates, it may also put mechanical pressure or irritate neighboring spinal nerves which may cause radicular pain down the extremities.

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