Degenerative Disc Disease, DDD, has become one of the leading causes of chronic back and neck pain. It is often not understood by the person suffering from pain due to disc degeneration.
Disc degeneration can happen for a variety of reasons. It can happen to older people who are suffering from true degeneration of the disc due to their age and the use of their body and spine over time. The soft gel-like pads that separate the bony processes of the spine are called discs. They are designed to provide cushioning between the bones. In the case of degeneration, those gel discs begin to lose their spongy quality and the bones can rub against each other or pinch the nerves that are coming out from the spinal column. Both of these situations can cause a great deal of pain for the person with the degenerating disc.
Younger people can have disc degeneration too. What happens many times to younger people is that their spine can take literally begin to degenerate due to the impact of activities that have traumatized the discs, even though the person is young. This is very common among athletes and especially those who engage in activities that put particular pressure on the back, like horseback riding.
Check out THIS VIDEO for detailed description with excellent visuals on how disc degeneration occurs.
If you or a loved one suffers from chronic back or neck pain due to a disc problem or you suspect it is more than just a muscle ache, don’t delay. Call Dr. Cosmas Leigh at Leigh Brain & Spine as soon as possible. The earlier a disc degeneration problem is identified, the easier it is to treat and get you feeling better quickly.