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A 30-year-old member asked:

What are the tests for degenerative disc disease?

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Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 41 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 48-year-old member asked:

What are the signs of a degenerative disc disease?

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 42 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.
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A 47-year-old member asked:

What is degenerative disc disease?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 54 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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A 35-year-old member asked:

Degenerative disc disease. What does that mean?

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Dr. Behnam Myers
22 years experience
Broad : Usually just means that the discs have lost there fluid content.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

What can you tell me about degenerative disc disease?

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Dr. Thomas Bragg
Family Medicine 46 years experience
Cause of back pain: The disc is a cartilage shock absorber that lies between the bodies of the vertebra (back bones) and certain conditions or injuries can cause the disc to wear and thin and possibly slide out of position thus causing back pain. There are many causes of disk disease from arthritis to injuries. There are also many treatments including exercise, medications, and even surgery.
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A 44-year-old member asked:

How can you prevent degenerative disc disease?

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Dr. Seth Zeidman
Neurosurgery 35 years experience
Avoid Trauma Smoking: Avoid traumatic injury to discs as well a repetitive injury. Avoid or quit smoking. Use good nutrition with plenty of vitamin a, c< and e. Hope for good inherited features.
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