Degenerative Disc Disease
Degenerative Disc Disease is a progressive deterioration of the structures of the spine. It is often referred to as Arthritis Of The Back, it is generally considered a disease of aging.
As we age, discs in the spine dehydrate. This is not always a painful condition. However, disc degeneration may follow injury to a disc. This condition may be more likely to be painful.
Early treatment for painful disc degeneration includes physical therapy, education and/or medication. If pain persists after these treatments, surgery may be considered. It is important to discuss treatment options with your doctor in deciding which treatment, if any, may be best for you.