A member asked:

Hi doctors, was just wondering what is degenerating disc disease?

4 doctors weighed in across 2 answers
Dr. Leland Berkwits answered

Specializes in Pain Management

Disc dehydration: DDD is the loss of hydration (water) within the disc. There are varying degrees of DDD, from mild to severe. In the mildest form the disc height is normal but the water content has been lost. In most severe form the disc height is completely lost. Disc degeneration is seen with advanced age and past injury, however, there is also a strong genetic link.

Answered 6/27/2014


Dr. Greg Sorkin answered

Specializes in Emergency Medicine

Aging discs: Degenerative disc disease is the process by which discs in your back break down with wear and tear and with aging. Discs are found between vertebral bodies in our spines. Discs provide cushions between bones. Gravity, years of heavy lifting and running and walking and standing and jumping provides stress on the discs and they break down with time. Pain, nerve issues and other symptoms arise.

Answered 11/2/2014



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