Frequently Asked Questions:
Disc degeneration can manifest itself in a variety of ways, from no symptoms to excruciating pain that prevents an individual from carrying on with their everyday activities. The disorder begins with damage to the spine, but symptoms spread to other regions of the body over time.
Symptoms, when and where the pain occurs, if there is tingling or numbness, and which situations cause the most discomfort will all be discussed with the doctor. Muscle strength and nerve function are tested as part of a physical examination.
It’s natural for us to start experiencing disc degeneration as we get older, but whether or not this results in back pain differs from person to person. Another reason you might have degenerative disc disease is if you’ve had previous or current injuries that have led to the degeneration.
Degenerative disc disease is hard to prevent in the early stage. However, you can take action to reduce your risk of issues by maintaining excellent posture, staying active, and quitting smoking.
Degenerative disc disease is more common in older adults since their spinal discs have been in use for a longer time. The discs in between each vertebra have had more time to wear down, similar to how joint cartilage wears out in osteoarthritis.