For those people in whom the degenerated discs cause degenerative arthritis treatment that cannot be attributed to another problem, they are considered to have degenerative disc disease. What is Degenerative Disc Disease?
In a young and healthy back, discs between the vertebra provide height and allow bending, flexion, and twisting. The discs are like shock absorbers between the bones of the spine and are designed to help the back stay flexible while resisting forces. As a normal process of aging, the rubbery discs begin to shrink and lose integrity. Nearly everyone shows some signs of wear and tear on the spinal discs as they age. 60 has degeneration of the discs, but not all those people have back pain. For those people in whom the degenerated discs do cause pain that cannot be attributed to another problem, they are considered to have degenerative disc disease. Not actually a disease, degenerative disc disease refers to a condition in which pain is caused from a disc that loses integrity.
Several factors can cause discs to degenerate, including age. The drying out of the disc. Unlike other tissues of the body, there is very little blood supply to the disc, so once a disc is injured, it cannot repair itself, and the discs can start to deteriorate. A diagnosis is based on a physical examination and medical history, including a description of symptoms and the circumstances of when and where the pain started.