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What are the tests for degenerative disc disease?

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Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 39 years experience
Degenerative disc: The most common test now done is the MRI, in some cases a CT scan can be also helpful

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A 49-year-old member asked:

How do I know if I have degenerative disc disease?

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Dr. Atif Haque
Neurosurgery 18 years experience
DDD: Many people are asymptomatic from degenerative disc disease, while some will have pain along the involved portion of the spine.
A 48-year-old member asked:

What are the signs of a degenerative disc disease?

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 40 years experience
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 routinely like stretching, cardio activities and core strengthening routines.
A 42-year-old member asked:

What is the treatment for degenerative disc disease?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Non-surgical treat: Best to avoid surgery, if possible. Use of physical therapy, massage, exercise, muscle relaxants, and pain meds can all play a role. Acupuncture may help control the pain, and both osteopaths and chiropractors may assist rehab steps.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Who is at risk for degenerative disc disease?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Susceptibility: There are some who have early degenerative arthritis in their families, and others whose work causes excessive wear and tear, such as heavy construction work, repetitive bending, tilting, twisting.
A 47-year-old member asked:

What is degenerative disc disease?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
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 allowing the internal disc contents to bulge or protrude. The space between the vertebrae may narrow, and the disc may dry out or dessicate. This eventuates in pain and stiffness.

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