What is Degenerative Disc Disease?
Degenerative disc disease (DDD) is a condition in the spine that is an arthritic process that occurs in the discs of the spine, as we age. The discs act as shock absorbers and bear weight, when they begin to degenerate, this can result in many different problems, including pain and stiffness in the neck and spine. As we age the discs in our low back have a tendency to lose their hydration and flatten which predisposes us to chronic conditions.
What are some symptoms of Degenerative Disc Disease?
- Cervical Radiculopathy
- Activity-Specific Pain
- Pain with Inactivity
- Reduced Mobility
- Emergency Symptoms
What causes Degenerative Disc Disease?
The most common cause of disc degeneration is simply age-related wear and tear and occurs at varying degrees based upon lifestyle and genetic predisposition. While degenerative disc disease rarely begins as the result of trauma to the spine, such as a fall or automotive accident, the natural process of degeneration may be accelerated by injury or trauma.
Why Choose Performance Rehabilitation & Regenerative Medicine?
Whether you are suffering from a recent or chronic lumbar spine condition that is adversely affecting your ability to live life under your terms, we may be able to help.
To have a consultation with one of our doctors, please contact one of our Patient Care Coordinators at 908-754-1960 or you may contact us online.