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degenerative disc disease

A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience Neurology
Wear and tear: Since we are bipeds and walk upright, our discs support a great deal of pressure. Over time the support fibers (annulous fibrosis) may fray or split ... Read More
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Dr. Laurence Badgley
52 years experience General Practice
Radiologic Term: Probably most popular "diagnosis" doctors use as speculative causation of low back pain generation. "ddd" is term commonly taken from radiologic repor ... Read More
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Dr. Dan Fisher
26 years experience Internal Medicine
DDD: In short, it is normal wear and tear of the vertebrae and discs without evidence of a more precise pathology such as neural impingement , inflammation ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Weisman
35 years experience Neurology
Yes: Living in florida and being 39 you can be developing osteoarthritis of the spine. You can tell from plain x-rays. Are the vertebral bodies getting clo ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience Neurology
Wear and tear: Since we are bipeds and walk upright, our discs support a great deal of pressure. Over time the support fibers (annulous fibrosis) may fray or split ... Read More
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Dr. Stan Lee
Dr. Stan Lee answered
22 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Genetics: In a research study started in 1991 and published in 2009 (the spine journal 9 pg. 47-59), identical and nonidentical twins were longitudinally studie ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Seth Zeidman
32 years experience Neurosurgery
Collapse: Discs lose water content and sponginess. More load on the facets causing them to hypertrophy. This in turn leads to more nerve root compromise. May ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience Neurology
Susceptibility: There are some who have early degenerative arthritis in their families, and others whose work causes excessive wear and tear, such as heavy constructi ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Behnam Myers
19 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Broad : Usually just means that the discs have lost there fluid content.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Dowling
39 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Multiple : If no pain, don't worry about it otherwise: exercise, keep your weight down and do not smoke if you have that habit. Sometimes use of medication can ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jesse Chuang
16 years experience Nephrology and Dialysis
No: Degenerative disc disease is extremely common, especially in the elderly.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
38 years experience Neurosurgery
Degenerative disc: The most common test now done is the MRI, in some cases a CT scan can be also helpful
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Dowling
39 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Pain in the spine : Region like neck or lower back with some pain with prolonged positioning like sitting or change of position but better lying down or with exercises ro ... Read More
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