Degenerative Disc Disease

What is Degenerative Disc Disease?

Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD) occurs in many people during the normal aging process, and is often referred to as “arthritis of the back.”

With age, the discs, which work as “shock absorbents”, located between the vertebral bodies start loosing their elasticity and may cause one vertebral body to collapse down onto another. This collapsed body may compress nerve roots or the spinal cord, causing back and/or leg pain.

Degenerative Disc Symptoms

  • Aching lower back pain
  • Stiffness in back
  • Radiating pain that descends into the legs
  • Pain is usually worse with activity or prolonged sitting or standing

Degenerative Disc Causes

  • Normal changes in disc during the natural aging process
  • Trauma (injury)
  • Repetitive lifting
  • Smoking, obesity and hereditary factors lead to advanced degeneration
Treatments

Degenerative Disc Disease Treatments

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Treatments