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Despite its name, DDD is not considered a disease, nor is it progressively degenerative.

On the contrary, disc degeneration is often the effect of natural daily stresses and minor injuries that cause spinal discs to gradually lose water as the annulus, or the rigid outer shell of a disc, weakens.

As discs weaken and lose water, they begin to collapse. This can result in pressure being put on the nerves in the spinal column, causing pain and weakness.

 

Getting OLD really SUCKS!

Degeneration of one or more intervertebral disc(s) of the spine, often called “degenerative disc disease” (DDD) or “degenerative disc disorder,” is a condition that can be painful and can greatly affect the quality of one’s life.

Disc degeneration is a disease of aging, and though for most people is not a problem, in certain individuals a degenerated disc can cause severe chronic pain if left untreated.

With symptomatic degenerative disc disease, chronic low back pain sometimes radiates to the hips, or there is a pain in the buttocks or thighs while walking; sporadic tingling or weakness through the knees, hands, and fingers may also be evident.

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