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What happens with degenerative disc disease?

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Dr. Seth Zeidman
Neurosurgery 33 years experience
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 ultimately end with need for surgical intervention.

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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 39 years experience
Degenerative disc: The most common test now done is the MRI, in some cases a CT scan can be also helpful
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 44-year-old member asked:

How can you prevent degenerative disc disease?

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Dr. Seth Zeidman
Neurosurgery 33 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.
A 46-year-old member asked:

What causes 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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