Degenerative Disc Disease Pain Management

Canyon Pain Center is a pain management clinic that specializes in treating degenerative disc disease in the Phoenix area.

Degenerative Disc Disease Treatment at our Phoenix Pain Clinic

At Canyon Pain Center in Phoenix, Arizona, we understand the profound impact that degenerative disc disease can have on your life. The pain and reduced mobility can be overwhelming, making even the simplest tasks feel impossible. That’s why our compassionate team of specialists is dedicated to providing personalized, innovative care to help you find relief and reclaim your quality of life.

We recognize that every patient’s experience with degenerative disc disease is unique, and we take the time to understand your specific needs. By addressing the symptoms and underlying causes of your condition, we aim to provide the comprehensive care you need to heal and move forward with confidence. At Canyon Pain Center, we’re more than just healthcare providers – we’re your partners in managing degenerative disc disease effectively.

Get connected with us today and begin your pain healing journey.

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What is Degenerative Disc Disease?

Degenerative disc disease occurs when the intervertebral discs, which act as shock absorbers between the vertebrae in your spine, deteriorate due to age or injury. This condition can lead to severe pain and reduced mobility that can significantly impact your daily life. Unfortunately, many people with degenerative disc disease don’t receive the proper treatment they need, leading to ongoing pain and increasing difficulties.

The effects of untreated degenerative disc disease can be far-reaching, limiting your ability to work, enjoy hobbies, and even perform simple tasks like walking or bending. Studies have shown that people with untreated degenerative disc disease often experience a lower quality of life, with impacts on their physical, emotional, and social well-being.1

Understanding Degenerative Disc Disease Signs & Symptoms

Chronic back pain is a primary symptom of degenerative disc disease, often presenting as a persistent ache or sharp pain in the lower back. If the condition is not treated properly, it can become chronic. It may worsen with activities such as bending, lifting, or sitting for long periods. Early diagnosis and management are essential to alleviate pain and prevent further disc degeneration.
Stiffness in the back, especially in the morning or after periods of inactivity, is a common symptom of degenerative disc disease. This stiffness can limit flexibility and range of motion, making it difficult to perform daily tasks such as bending, lifting, or walking. Addressing stiffness through regular physical activity, stretching exercises, and appropriate medical interventions can enhance spinal flexibility and overall well-being.

Radiating pain, referred to as pain, occurs when degenerative disc disease affects nerves that radiate pain to other parts of the body, such as the hips, buttocks, and legs. This pain can be sharp, burning, or tingling, indicating nerve compression or irritation. Identifying and treating the underlying cause of radiating pain is crucial to relieving symptoms and restoring normal nerve function, allowing for improved mobility and quality of life.

How Degenerative Disc Disease Affects Your Body

To effectively manage and treat degenerative disc disease, it’s crucial to understand how it affects your body. As the intervertebral discs deteriorate, they lose their ability to cushion and support the vertebrae in your spine.

This can lead to a range of symptoms, including:

  • Chronic pain in the lower back, neck, or both
  • Pain that radiates into the arms, legs, or buttocks
  • Stiffness and reduced flexibility in the spine
  • Numbness, tingling, or weakness in the extremities
  • Pain that worsens with sitting, bending, or lifting

At Canyon Pain Center, our specialists focus on advanced pain management techniques to alleviate your symptoms and promote healing. We take a comprehensive approach, considering the specific changes in your spine caused by degenerative disc disease. By tailoring our treatment plans to your unique needs, we aim to reduce your pain, improve your spinal function, and help you regain your quality of life.2

Common Causes of Degenerative Disc Disease

Several factors contribute to the development of degenerative disc disease, marked by the breakdown of intervertebral discs and associated pain:

  • Age: The natural aging process leads to disc material breakdown over time, as discs lose hydration and elasticity, becoming more prone to wear and tear.
  • Trauma: Injuries from falls, accidents, or minor trauma can damage discs and accelerate degeneration.
  • Genetic Predisposition: A family history of back problems can increase the risk of developing degenerative disc disease.
  • Overuse: Repetitive stress from activities like heavy lifting, high-impact sports, or repetitive motions can contribute to disc degeneration, especially in physically demanding occupations or hobbies.
  • Obesity: Excess body weight stresses the spine, leading to faster disc wear and tear.
  • Smoking: Smoking reduces blood supply to the discs, impairing their ability to heal and accelerating degeneration while also increasing the risk of back pain and other spinal conditions.


Understanding these common causes can help individuals take proactive steps to reduce risk and seek appropriate treatment when necessary.

How We Treat Degenerative Disc Disease at our Phoenix Office

Our treatment plan for degenerative disc disease is customized to meet each patient’s specific needs and condition. We begin with a thorough assessment to determine the severity of the condition and any underlying factors contributing to it.

Based on this assessment, we create a personalized treatment plan that may include:

  • Physical Therapy: Customized exercises to strengthen the back and core muscles, improve posture, and enhance mobility.
  • Spinal Injections: Corticosteroid injections to reduce inflammation and alleviate pain in the affected discs.
  • Minimally Invasive Procedures: Techniques such as radiofrequency ablation or disc decompression to relieve pain and improve function.
  • Lifestyle Modifications: Guidance on avoiding activities and modifications to daily routines to prevent further degeneration3.
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Get Help for Degenerative Disc Disease Today

If you’re struggling with the pain of degenerative disc disease, know that you don’t have to face it alone. Our compassionate team at Canyon Pain Center is here to help you find relief and improve your quality of life. With our comprehensive treatments and personalized approach, we’ll work with you to develop a pain management plan tailored to your unique needs.

Don’t let degenerative disc disease hold you back any longer – contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards a more comfortable, active life.

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Meet Our Phoenix Pain Management Staff

Lisa Wakefield, FNP-BC

Nurse Practitioner

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Lisa is an experienced pain management provider dedicated to helping patients regain quality of life. Lisa’s goal is to create an individualized pain treatment plan that leads towards improved mobility and pain reduction. 

Corrine Bender, DC


Dr. Bender has over 30 years of extensive experience in various areas and a loyal patient base. She specializes in personal injury cases, pediatric patients, sports-related injuries among athletes, and geriatric patients.