Degenerative Disc Disease
Degenerative disc disease is a term used to describe the regular changes in your spinal discs as you age. Spinal discs are soft, compressible discs that separate the interlocking bones (vertebrae) that make up the spine. The discs act as shock absorbers for the spine, allowing it to flex, bend, and twist.
Cause of Degenerative Disc Disease
In DDD, discs lose the gel's water content; the outer layer develops cracks and becomes stiffer and thinner.
Symptoms of Degenerative Disc Disease
Degenerative disc disease may result in back or neck pain, but pain varies from person to person. Many people have no pain, while others with the same amount of disc damage have severe pain limiting their activities. Where the pain occurs depends on the location of the affected disc.
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