Not a disease. More a condition like calling wrrinkly skin disease commonly asymptomatic age related risk factors include smoking truck driving 30% of people with no backache over age of 30 have findings consiatant with ddd on MRI ddd is a MRI finding not a diagnosis.
Cause of back pain. The disc is a cartilage shock absorber that lies between the bodies of the vertebra (back bones) and certain conditions or injuries can cause the disc to wear and thin and possibly slide out of position thus causing back pain. There are many causes of disk disease from arthritis to injuries. There are also many treatments including exercise, medications, and even surgery.
Aging. Degeneration of the disk involves chemical changes, loss of water content, tearing of the fibers, loss of height. Genetics plays a role, but if a person lives long enough she or he will eventually have some disk degeneration. It can be painless. When there is pain, it is called disease, but proving that it is the source of pain is not always possible.
Interval xrays. Or interval MRI comparing disc heights.
I was diagnose with DDD Also known as degenerative disc disease. Can anybody tell me what this is? And how can I fix it? Thank you
DDD. This is breakdown in the structure, strength and support of the intervertebral disc in the spine. It comes due to age, repetitive use, trauma and injury. Although 31 is young for this, it is not uncommon in people who have been athletic or have sustained trauma. It cannot be fixed, but you can take steps to minimize the pain and effects of DDD. Maintain a normal BMI, do core strengthening regu.
Not fixable. It's a result of living! As we all develop degenerative (wear and tear) changes by moving and weight bearing: some of us more than other. You can't reverse it but by optimize your weight, posture/ergonomics, and optimizing your core strength (think balance between your back and abdominal muscles) you can help minimize further damage to your spine.
MRI. Degenerative disc disease is a normal process of aging. The existence does not mean that you automatically have symptoms. Of you are in pain one way to diagnosed the presence of the condition is with an mri.
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.
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.
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.
Yes. Living in florida and being 39 you can be developing osteoarthritis of the spine. You can tell from plain x-rays. Are the vertebral bodies getting close togeather at any level and are there bony overgrowths seen like in this photo? This is the lumbar spine (low back).