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Degenerative Disc Disease

What is Degenerative Disc Disease?

Degenerative disc disease (DDD) is a common condition in aging adults. The intervertebral discs serve as the spine‚Äôs shock absorbers and, as we age, discs gradually dry out, losing strength and resiliency. In most people, these changes are gradual. In fact, many of our patients don’t know they have degenerative disc disease.

Degenerative Disc Disease

This condition is a weakening of one or more vertebral discs, which normally act as a cushion between the vertebrae. This condition can develop as a natural part of the aging process, but it may also result from injury to the back.

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What are the symptoms?

Disc degeneration is a normal part of aging, and usually is not a problem. It can cause discs to lose height and become stiff. When disc height is lost, nerve impingement, bone and joint inflammation, and resultant pain can occur. Disc degeneration causes loss of the joint space, similar to arthritis pain and inflammation. In severe cases, pain may be constant.


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