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Degenerative Disc Disease

Herniated discs are one of the most common causes of back pain, especially lower back. it can be a result of age, activity or trauma. Many people have herniated discs and never have any symptoms. For some though, a herniated disc can put pressure on the nerves of the spine and cause agonizing pain as well as other neurological symptoms. To find out more about the causes and treatment of herniated discs, please watch the videos below

What is degenerative disc disease?
Animation of a degenerative disc disease

With age, intervertebral disks begin to wear away and shrink. In some cases, they may collapse completely and cause the facet joints in the vertebrae to rub against one another. Pain and stiffness result.

This "wear and tear" on the facet joints is referred to as osteoarthritis. It can lead to further back problems, including spinal stenosis.

Changes from aging and general wear and tear make it hard for your joints and ligaments to keep your spine in the proper position. The vertebrae move more than they should, and one vertebra can slide forward on top of another. If too much slippage occurs, the bones may begin to press on the spinal