Degenerative Disc Disease
Degenerative disc disease is a spinal condition that affects hundreds of people a year, and as we age, the fluid in the spinal discs begins to reduce and change, causing degeneration. The discs between each spinal vertebrae act as shock absorbers for our spine, and, like any part of the body that is being consistently used and compressed, it is susceptible to natural wear-and-tear. Often times, this change in the spinal disc fluid can result in thinning, fragile cartilage in the spine, which may lead to an abundance of pain. If you are middle-aged or have been suffering from back injuries, you must know very well how much the body changes with age. Unfortunately, degenerative disc disease is part of life, and it usually begins some time before x-rays can show signs of degeneration. Degenerative disc disease may occur in any area of the spine from the cervical to the lumbar area, and this condition can radiate to the surrounding parts of the body including nerves, muscles, and other tissues. Fortunately, degenerative disc disease is a condition that can be treated without surgery or any other type of invasive treatment.