Degenerative disc disease is an age-related problem that occurs when several of the discs between the vertebrae of the spinal column degrade or break down, leading to pain.
Despite its name, it is not a disease, but a natural occurrence that is part of aging. The sponge-like discs between the vertebrae typically enable flexing and extension and function like shock absorbers. In time, they become worn and degraded with reduction of blood supply.
Disc deterioration may have no symptoms, or the pain may be so extreme that the individual cannot proceed with their daily activities. The most common symptom is usually axial (back or neck pain) with radicular component involving arm or leg.
A neurological examination, along with MRI, are the most important steps in making this diagnosis.
Treatment will consist of conservative measures including NSAIDS, physical therapy, or epidural steroid injection with possible radio frequency ablation. If conservative measures fail, possible surgical intervention may be needed.
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