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Xray shows Minimal degenerative disc disease in the lumbar spine. Mild degenerative disc disease at T12-L1. What does this mean for me? I have pain

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Dr. Marcus Free
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In brief: Osteoarthritis

As we age, the discs in our spine degenerate, meaning they lose water, elasticity, and can weaken.
A disc coming apart is called disc herniation and can cause pressure on nearby nerves (this produces radiculopathy when symptoms like numbness and weakness occur from the nerve irritation or injury). Mild degenerative disc disease means the disc has mild signs of aging but not effecting nerves.

In brief: Osteoarthritis

As we age, the discs in our spine degenerate, meaning they lose water, elasticity, and can weaken.
A disc coming apart is called disc herniation and can cause pressure on nearby nerves (this produces radiculopathy when symptoms like numbness and weakness occur from the nerve irritation or injury). Mild degenerative disc disease means the disc has mild signs of aging but not effecting nerves.
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