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A 35-year-old member asked:

Degenerative disc disease. what does that mean?

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Dr. Behnam Myers
21 years experience
Broad : Usually just means that the discs have lost there fluid content.
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A 41-year-old member asked:

What does it mean to have degenerative disc syndrome?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 44 years experience
Let's see: Between each vertebral body is a cushion called an intervertebral disc. These act as so-called shock absorbers to the spine. With aging and with overuse and with trauma and for unknown reasons, these disc lose their elasticity, stamina and durability and deteriorate. This can place stresses on the spine (cervical, thoracic & lumbar) and cause a myriad of symptoms and problems. They wear out!
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A 31-year-old member asked:

My doctor says I have degenerative disc disease. What does that mean?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 50 years experience
Let me try to help: (DDD) is the gradual degeneration of the discs that reside between the vertebrae in the spine.
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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 40 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 44-year-old member asked:

How can you prevent degenerative disc disease?

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Dr. Seth Zeidman
Neurosurgery 34 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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A 46-year-old member asked:

What causes degenerative disc disease?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 53 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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Last updated Apr 8, 2019
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