Top
10
Doctor insights on: Degenerative Disc Disease

Share
Dr. Bahman Omrani
338 doctors shared insights

Degenerative Disc Disease (Overview)

Degenerative disks are when the normal "spongy" architechture of the disks goes away. The disks normally are between the vertebre in your spine. So when the disks degenerate, you lose mobility and eventually the bones can touch together, which is very painful. Also when the disks degenerate, they can also herniate.


1

1
What are the signs of a degenerative disc disease?

What are the signs of a degenerative disc disease?

Misnomer: For practical purposes, it's a misnomer describing an aging disc. It's like telling someone with wrinkles that she suffers from "degenerative skin disease". Radiologists love to use this term, so do busy spine surgeons. "disease" makes it sound like you urgently need a fusion or artificial disc implant. All our discs "degenerate" over time and most of us never have any trouble from that. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
Dr. Bahman Omrani
338 doctors shared insights

Degenerative Disc Disease (Overview)

Degenerative disks are when the normal "spongy" architechture of the disks goes away. The disks normally are between the vertebre in your spine. So when the disks degenerate, you lose mobility and eventually the bones can touch together, which is very painful. Also when the disks degenerate, they can also herniate.


2

2
What is best way to treat symptoms of degenerative disc disease?

What is best way to treat symptoms of degenerative disc disease?

Lifestyle changes: Usually incorpoating an exercise routine, proper weight control, smoking cessation, possible use of a back support, making sure your mattress is good and sometimes use of over the counter medications if no medical reasons not for their use. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
4

4
I was recently diagnosed with degenerative disc disease and was told there's no treatment. Is there anything to alleviate the extreme pain associated?

I was recently diagnosed with degenerative disc disease and was told there's no treatment. Is there anything to alleviate the extreme pain associated?

DDD: Whomever told you that you have ddd may have missed the problem. Extreme pain in a young person from "ddd" is rare. If "ddd" is multiple levels, you have scheuermann's disease most likely. If single level, you likely have some sort of instability or stress fracture, infection, or other abnormality. I would suggest another opinion before i relegated myself to this diagnosis the rest of my life. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
6

6
Living with Coronary Artery Disease (Checklist)

Take meds as prescribed
Once
Exercise daily as recommended by your doctor or trainer
daily
Limit meat, dairy, and fats as much as possible
Once
Eat whole grains only - not white bread
Once
7

7
What are the tests for degenerative disc disease?

Degenerative disc: The most common test now done is the MRI, in some cases a CT scan can be also helpful ...Read more

8

8
How do I know if I have degenerative disc disease?

DDD: Many people are asymptomatic from degenerative disc disease, while some will have pain along the involved portion of the spine. ...Read more

9

9
Managing Peripheral Vascular Disease (Checklist)

Try to continue walking
Once
Make sure risk factors are addressed (blood pressure, cholesterol)
Once
Inspect your feet daily -- call your MD with any wounds
Daily
10

10
What causes degenerative disc disease?

What causes degenerative disc disease?

Genetics: In a research study started in 1991 and published in 2009 (the spine journal 9 pg. 47-59), identical and nonidentical twins were longitudinally studied. Twins had widely differing levels of risk factors (activity, smoking, occupation) thought to cause ddd. This study showed that there is a strong genetic component to ddd and that external risk factors previously belived to be important, were not. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer

Young Health (Definition)

Young Health ...Read more


Old Health (Definition)

Old Health ...Read more