Degenerative Disc Disease
Degenerative disc disease is the progressive deterioration of the intervertebral discs throughout the spine that can occur as we age. Injury, daily wear and tear, and genetics can also contribute to this condition.1 Lumbar disc degeneration consists of the breakdown of a lumbar disc. When a disc degenerates, it decreases the space between the vertebrae and narrows the tunnel through which a nerve to the leg exits. This can result in leg pain, numbness and/or weakness.
A more in depth look at Degenerative Disc Disease including possible risk factors and common symptoms.
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- Teraguchi M, Yoshimura N, Hashizume H, et al. Prevalence and distribution of intervertebral disc degeneration over the entire spine in a population-based cohort: the Wakayama Spine Study. Osteoarthr Cartil. 2014;22(1):104-10.
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