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Degenerative Disc Disease

Overview | Causes | Symptoms| Diagnosis | Treatment | FAQS

Overview

Degenerative disc disease is a natural part of aging. Discs become more brittle and less resilient and therefore more prone to herniation.

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Causes

Causes of degenerative disc disease can include:

  • Family history
  • Lifestyle / Age
  • Osteoporosis

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Symptoms

Symptoms of degenerative disc disease can include:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Hunched over appearance
  • Herniated disc
  • Vertebral fractures

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Diagnosis

Diagnosing degenerative disc disease can include any one or more of the following:

  • Physical examination
  • Detailed medical history
  • X-rays
  • MRI
  • CT scan
  • Electrodiagnostics
  • Bone scan
  • Discography

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Treatment

Treatments vary for each patient. Dietary supplements or medications could be prescribed to help treat degenerative disc disease linked to osteoporosis. Your physician could also recommend Accupuncture or Chiropractic manipulation. They might also recommend a spinal fusion procedure or an artificial disc implementation.

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FAQs

Can degenerative disc disease become a crippling condition?

Degenerative disk disease is a crippling disease that if left untreated can certainly cause malformation of the back and possibly worse.

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