6 doctors weighed in:
What does it mean to have degenerative disc syndrome?
6 doctors weighed in

Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: 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!

In brief: 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!
Dr. Danny Proffitt
Dr. Danny Proffitt
Thank
Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Varies
Symptoms range from no symptoms to moderate back ache with activities MRI shows a disc with low water content it more like a condition than a disease.

In brief: Varies
Symptoms range from no symptoms to moderate back ache with activities MRI shows a disc with low water content it more like a condition than a disease.
Dr. Mark Weston
Dr. Mark Weston
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
Board Certified, Family Medicine
10 years in practice
16M people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors