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Degenerative disc disease. what does that mean?

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Dr. Behnam Myers
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 20 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 43 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!
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 49 years experience
Let me try to help: (DDD) is the gradual degeneration of the discs that reside between the vertebrae in the spine.
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.

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