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What is degenerative disc disease?

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Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: DDD

In short, it is normal wear and tear of the vertebrae and discs without evidence of a more precise pathology such as neural impingement , inflammation, spondylolisthesis, dish, etc.

In brief: DDD

In short, it is normal wear and tear of the vertebrae and discs without evidence of a more precise pathology such as neural impingement , inflammation, spondylolisthesis, dish, etc.
Dr. Dan Fisher
Dr. Dan Fisher
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Dr. Laurence Badgley
General Practice

In brief: Radiologic Term

Probably most popular "diagnosis" doctors use as speculative causation of low back pain generation.
"ddd" is term commonly taken from radiologic reports when doctors need diagnosis otherwise undiscovered. Medical literature correlating chronic low back pain with ddd is sparse. Most people with ddd do not have pain. Up to 30% chronic low back pain from sacroiliac joint, largest axial spine joint.

In brief: Radiologic Term

Probably most popular "diagnosis" doctors use as speculative causation of low back pain generation.
"ddd" is term commonly taken from radiologic reports when doctors need diagnosis otherwise undiscovered. Medical literature correlating chronic low back pain with ddd is sparse. Most people with ddd do not have pain. Up to 30% chronic low back pain from sacroiliac joint, largest axial spine joint.
Dr. Laurence Badgley
Dr. Laurence Badgley
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Dr. Bennett Machanic
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