Degenerative Disc Diseases
Degenerative Disc Disease is commonly misunderstood as a disease which it isn’t. The term denotes the natural ageing process of the spinal discs. In the early years, the spinal discs are soft and supple and are present in between the spinal vertebrae that make up the spine. These intervertebral discs act as shock absorbers, thereby enabling the spine to flex, bend and twist. While this degenerative disc disease may occur throughout the spinal structure, it is most common in the lower back and neck regions of the spine referred to as Lumbar and Cervical Spine respectively.
Causes of Degenerative Disc Diseases
The degeneration process of the intervertebral discs in most cases is because of the natural ageing process. The discs tend to lose fluid which will reduce its elasticity and shock absorbing ability. This will also result in the thinning of the discs and reduction in the spacing between the discs.
Symptoms of Degenerative Disc Diseases
Degenerative Disc Disease.
- Back or Leg pain
- Tingling sensation
- Numbness or weakness in the legs
- Difficulty walking.