A 54-year-old member asked:
What causes degenerative disc disease?
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Dr. Bennett Machanic answered
51 years experience in 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 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.
Answered on Dec 8, 2018
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