Degenerative Disc Disease

Your spinal discs act as a cushion to absorb shock between the vertebrae during movement. As a result of aging or injury, sometimes the spinal disc loses its cushioning effect which may result in a loss of disc height. This loss of disc height reduces the distance between the vertebral bodies and may cause irritation or pinching of the nerves. The spinal disc may also bulge or herniate, where the disc material contained within the intervertebral disc is pushed into the spinal canal. This may cause inflammation and pressure on the local nerve.

The loss of disc height and / or bulge of the disc may result in the following symptoms.

  • Pain or discomfort in the neck or back
  • Tingling or loss of feeling in arms or legs
  • Shooting pain or discomfort in one or both legs
  • Discomfort that worsens upon standing or activity

Degenerative changes of the spine

Degenerative changes of the spine occur from natural aging associated with pathological changes of the vertebral bodies, intervertebral discs, ligaments and vertebral joints.

These changes can greatly limit both the mobility and stability of the spine.

The stability of the spine can also be compromised by unnatural weight distribution caused by a hereditary abnormality, or a lack of movement associated with a sedentary lifestyle. Any previous operation or trauma to the spinal column can also cause a loss of stability.

Any form of instability can progress to become a pain generator.

Herniated Discs

The described degenerative changes or trauma can cause tears in the intervertebral disc. The escape of the nucleus (or soft interior) of the intervertebral disc outward through these tears may cause a disc herniation.

The disc herniation can impinge on the nerves and depending on the location can cause pain in the neck, arms and shoulders. In the extreme case, it can cause paralysis.

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