If you develop osteoarthritis, a herniated disc, or spinal stenosis, you may need treatments. These include oral medication, physical therapy or injection. In some rare cases, surgery may be recommended.
How is Degenerative Disc Disease Diagnosed?
A doctor can often diagnose degenerative disc disease while doing a physical exam. If your exam shows no signs of a serious condition, imaging tests (such as an X-ray) aren’t likely to help your doctor find the cause of your symptoms.
Sometimes degenerative disc disease is found when an X-ray is taken for another reason, such as an injury or other health problem. But even if the doctor finds degenerative disc disease, that doesn’t always mean that you will have symptoms.
What are the Symptoms for Degenerative Disc Disease?
Many people with degenerative disc disease have no pain. But others have severe pain or other symptoms that limit their activities. Some of the most common symptoms are:
Pain in the back or neck. Where the pain occurs depends on which discs are affected.
Pain that gets worse when you move, such as when you bend over, reach up, or twist.
Pain that may occur in the rear end (buttocks), arm, or leg if a nerve is pinched.
Numbness or tingling in your arm or leg
The pain may start after a major injury (such as from a car accident), a minor injury (such as a fall from a low height), or a normal motion (such as bending over to pick something up). It may also start gradually for no known reason and get worse over time.
What is Degenerative Disc Disease?
Degenerative disc disease isn’t really a disease. It’s a term used to describe the normal changes in your spinal discs as you age. Spinal discs are small, spongy discs that separate the bones (vertebrae) that make up the spine. The discs act as shock absorbers for the spine. They let your spine flex, bend, and twist.
Degenerative disc disease can take place in one or more places along the spine. It most often occurs in the discs in the lower back and the neck.
Frozen shoulder is a condition whereby the shoulder becomes stiff and painful to move in all directions. Frozen shoulder usually worsens over time. Frozen shoulder affects people between the ages of 40 and 60 years old, it can occur in either in men and women. The medical term for frozen shoulder is Adhesive Capsulitis.
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At Singapore Osteoporosis Clinic, we can help you or your family member to reverse and prevent osteoporosis. If treatment is started early then the best possible outcomes can be achieved.
How can I know if I have osteoporosis?
Experts agree the most accurate and useful test for osteoporosis is to have the density of your bones checked by a type of x-ray known as a DXA or DEXA (dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry) scan, which tests the bone mineral density of multiple bones in the body.
A bone density scan for osteoporosis – the condition of having fragile bones – is a painless and simple form of X-ray called a DEXA (dual energy X-ray absorptiometry). It measures possible bone loss.
DEXA scans look for signs of fragile bones and help assess your risk of developing fractures, while also sometimes being used to monitor the effects of treatment for osteoporosis.
How much does Bone Density Scan Cost?
DEXA Bone Mineral Density Test at $359 exclude GST. Includes Specialist Consultation.
Why do you need Bone Mineral Density Scan?
Osteoporosis affects men and women of all ages, but is more common in older post-menopausal women because their oestrogen declines after the menopause, resulting in a decrease in bone density. If you are female, you might be advised to have a DEXA scan if you:
have broken a bone after a minor bump or fall
have a family history of hip fracture on your mother’s side
have a history of periods stopping for more than one year before the menopause
have taken steroid tablets for three months or more
are under 45 and have a hysterectomy or early menopause
have hip pain or knee pain
If you are male, you might be advised to have a scan if you have:
low levels of testosterone
a medical condition associated with osteoporosis such as rheumatoid arthritis or coeliac disease
have hip pain or knee pain
taken steroid tablets for three months or more.
A DEXA scan is a very safe, quick and painless procedure
Having this scan can identify the problem before it becomes worse so treatment can begin quickly.
DEXA scans are carried out as an outpatient procedure in the imaging or radiology department and usually take 10 to 15 minutes.
We pride ourselves on our clinical excellence, you’ll be looked after by an experienced multi-disciplinary care team.
Your neck and shoulders ache a lot more. You may feel a knot, stiffness, or severe pain in your neck. The pain may spread to your shoulders, upper back, or arms. You may get a headache. You may not be able to move or turn your head and neck easily. If there is pressure on a spinal nerve root , you might have pain that shoots down your arm . You may also have numbness, tingling, or weakness in your arm.
How is Neck & Shoulder Pain treated?
The type of treatment you need will depend on whether your neck and shoulder pain is caused by activities, an injury, or another medical condition.