Degenerative Disc Disease Condition

Treatment for degenerative disc disease relies on manual manipulation, exercises, and other techniques to stimulate blood flow, alleviate stress on the spine and neck, and reduce pain.


Degenerative Disc Disease and Neck Pain Treatment in New York City

Degenerative disc disease treatment can include osteopathic manipulation therapy and other techniques to achieve improved blood flow, decreased pressure on the spine, and reductions in pain.

What is Degenerative Disc Disease?

Disc degeneration in the cervical spine of the neck is one of the most common causes of neck pain. The condition occurs as a result of deterioration in the discs that sit between the vertebrae of your spine. Since those discs act as shock absorbers for the spine, any damage to them can cause weakness, loss of mobility, and pain.

The problem is that these discs can become worn over time, which results in narrowing space between the vertebrae. That in turn can lead to more pressure on the nerve roots within the spine. In some cases, those discs become herniated, and the inner gel of the disc protrudes through the weakened outer shell. Regardless of whether the disc wears over time or herniates, the end result can be the same: nerve compression that causes weakness, numbness, reduced mobility, and painful sensations.

What Causes this Condition?

There are a variety of factors that can contribute to degenerative disc disease that impacts the neck. These causes can include:

  • Injuries to the outer ring of the disc that weaken the protective exterior and allow the inner gel-like material to protrude and pressure nearby nerve roots.
  • Wear and tear due to aging, as the disc gradually wears down over time. As you age, your discs lose water. That loss of moisture makes the discs more susceptible to cracking and tears, which can lead to scar tissue, herniation, or other complications.

Some studies have suggested that roughly 75 percent of people below the age of 50 have some level of disc degeneration. Meanwhile, more than 90 percent of people older than 50 have similar deterioration of their spinal discs. Aside from age, obesity, genetics, and poor lifestyle habits may put people at increased risk for disc degeneration.

What Are the Symptoms of Degenerative Disc Disease?

Patients with cervical degenerative disc disease may have any of the following common symptoms:

  • Pain in the neck. Often, this pain is low-grade, but can flare up for hours or even days.
  • Nerve pain in the shoulders, radiating to the arms and hands.
  • Worsening pain when the body is in motion.
  • Tingling, weakness, and numbness in the arms, shoulders, hands, and fingers.

While these symptoms may resolve themselves in some instances, prolonger pain or discomfort should not be ignored. A proper diagnosis is vital to ensuring effective treatment and resolution.

How We Can Help

Dr. Tafler can provide the osteopathic care you need to manage your degenerative disc condition. Osteopathic techniques are an effective way to reduce pain, increase physical range of motion, and enjoy a renewed quality of life.


Neck Conditions

Neck conditions include muscle and spinal ailments or injuries that cause various levels of pain, tightness, reduced range of motion, numbness, headaches, and tingling sensations in the arms and hands.

Cervical Disc HerniationCervical RadiculopathyDegenerative Disc DiseaseNeck Muscle SpasmNeck PainThoracic Outlet Syndrome

Contact Us Today

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, contact us today to schedule an appointment. Dr. Tafler will examine your condition, confirm your diagnosis, and work with you to develop a treatment plan that puts you back on the path to a more pain-free life.

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Degenerative Disc Disease Treatment Reviews

Margaret Sowa
Margaret Sowa
Hotel General Manager Brooklyn, NY

Through the years, every one treated by Dr. Tafler has had very positive and lasting results. I can't thank him enough for myself, my mom and for every dear person to my heart I sent to him. 🙂 Thank you Doctor! Words can't express what you've done and how many lives have changed. God bless you.

Boris Talis
Boris Talis
Four-time champion of the world in Sambo Combat. Black belt 6th Degree

I am a whole hardheartedly grateful to Dr.Tafler for this timely help in recovering the moving function of my shoulder joint. This helped me a win a gold medal and become the Champion of the world in Sambo combat in Greece 2012. I always tell my collegues and student to turn to the excellent and kind Dr. Leonid Tafler in case of any accident or injury.


Dr. Tafler started working with me though acupuncture, back adjustments and immediately I saw the progress and my pain was less and less with every visit to the doctor. I avoided a surgery thanks to Dr Tafler. I started to enjoy my life again. I am so thankful to the doctor, and have been recommending Dr Tafler to all my friends and coworkers who have back problems and other pains.

Thomas Rayder

Dr. Tafler recommended the OMT under anesthesia procedure. The procedure was performed and alleviated my pain immediately. I avoided surgery and have not had problems with my neck in 7 years now! I am so thankful to Dr. Tafler, the OMT under anesthesia procedure helped me so much!

Elizabeth Blend

Dr. Tafler took me in for a weekend to receive manipulation under anesthesia. Two weeks later I was able to walk without pain. I have been pain free since that moment until today, many years after initial treatment. Without his treatment I do not know if I would have been able to walk at all.

Hugo Barriga

Doctor Tafler, was my savior and there is not doubt he give me my back life; this OMT under anesthesia definitely recommend to everyone, this improve my back and relief a chronic pain. Try this before any aggressive treatment, this was over 5 years ago and I feel splendidly.


Two weeks ago I came to his office. He is a very nice and very pleasant man. I told him about a terrible pain in my back. He gave me two injections and I was able to walk a lot better. I felt myself at my twenties. When I went for the second treatment under anesthesia, I was running up the stairs at my church. All my friends got very happy for me. So, I believe, this man is a hero! If not him, I would not be able to walk!