Degenerative Disc Disease
Degenerative Disc Disease refers to the degenerative process that occurs to our vertebral discs as we age. Over time, our disc loose elasticity and become more rigid. Degenerative Disc Disease limits range of motion and can irritate nearby nerves. As the discs become thinner, the foraminal openings for neighboring nerve roots become smaller - leading to painful nerve compression.
Why do our discs degenerate?
The spine performs many rigorous tasks for the body. The weight-bearing support it provides puts a lot of stress on vertebra and the discs in between them. This sort of wear-and-tear is why our discs gradually degenerate over time.
Diagnosing Degenerative Disc Disease
Diagnosing Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD) starts with an initial exam followed by shooting X-ray images of your spinal column. The doctor will review the films and compare the thickness of the inter-vertebral discs to determine if you have DDD.
Signs and Symptoms
lack of mobility
numbness and tingling
shooting pain when bending or twisting