Degenerative Disc Disease

What is the Disease?

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

During the aging process, our discs which work as “shock absorbents”, located between the vertebral bodies start loosing their elasticity. Therefore, this may cause one vertebral body to collapse down onto another. The collapsed body may compress nerve roots or the spinal cord. Thus, causing back and/or leg pain.

Symptoms of the Disease

  • Aching lower back pain.
  • Back stiffness.
  • Radiating pain decending into the legs.
  • Pain usually worsened with activity or prolonged sitting or standing.

Causes of the Degenerative Disc Disease

  • Normal changes in discs.
  • Trauma (injury).
  • Repetitive lifting.
  • Smoking, obesity and hereditary factors also lead to advanced degeneration.

Degenerative Disc Disease Treatments

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