Degenerative disc disease is a natural part of aging. Discs become more brittle and less resilient and therefore more prone to herniation.
Causes of degenerative disc disease can include:
- Family history
- Lifestyle / Age
Symptoms of degenerative disc disease can include:
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Hunched over appearance
- Herniated disc
- Vertebral fractures
Diagnosing degenerative disc disease can include any one or more of the following:
- Physical examination
- Detailed medical history
- CT scan
- Bone scan
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.
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.