Deterioration of the discs that keep the spinal column working well is referred to as degenerative disc disease. The factors that identify it are generally a sickness, an injury or just simply getting older, all of which contribute to its symptoms.
The effects of a degenerated disc in the lumbar area
The condition’s tendency is to affect the lower back with accompanying leg and hip pain. It is often mistakenly identified as originating in those areas. The natural activities of just living, meaning work, play, walking, running, lifting, affect this area more severely than others. However, that does not mean that people suffering from this lumbar disc condition have to hurt for the rest of their lives.
When the spine is weakened, herniated discs result allowing the nucleus polposus (disc gel) to escape on either side. This compression of the damaged disc may cause significant nerve pain. How much fluid breaks through the annulous fibrosis determines the level of pain. That fluid placement is what determines whether a nerve is pinched or not.
Degenerative disc disease is the label that has been developed as a blanket to label these conditions. The pain is simply symptomatic of other conditions that cause damage to the discs, not disease.
As the discs weaken, the cushioning between the vertebrae is compromised. It’s at this point where people need to adjust their lifestyle to use more care in using good posture and in bending, lifting and stretching. With the discs losing their ability to function at their optimal performance, simple daily physical stress can cause the discs to rupture.
This is where a herniated disc occurs. And this is where that condition has become more likely in the future.
When asking about degenerative disc disease treatment……
Just go back and review the treatment and therapy for a bulging disc or herniated disc. That’s because there is no disease to treat. Just the results of weakened and injured spinal discs.
How does a degenerated disc affect the cervical (neck) spine area?
Often, discussion about cervical disc disease takes place. Again this is a reference to the mistaken reason for a disc in this area that is bulging or herniated.
It should be clarified that to say a disc that is injured has degenerated is correct. It is not correct to refer to it as a disease. There is no difference here than in other areas. The discs that are injured or worn have a tendency to bulge or rupture.
SUMMARY: Degenerative disc conditions are generally not permanent and do not cause permanent damage or pain. They do, however, make injury more likely as we age. This is where care to prevent it in the future becomes much more critical.
NOTE: There is no need for photos on this article. The reference to photos in other related articles are relevant to the cause, effects and outcome of this condition.