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Summerville, SC 29483

761 St. Andrews Blvd.
West Ashley, SC 29407

Phone: 843.873.6004 


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What Is Degenerative Disc Disease?

Degenerative disc disease isn’t really a disease, but a term used to describe the process of changes in your spinal discs as you age. The lumbar disc is a unique and well-designed structure.  It is strong enough to resist terrific forces in different planes of motion, yet it is still very mobile, allowing us to flex, bend, and twist. Degenerative disc disease can take place throughout the spine, but it most often occurs in the discs in the lower back and neck.

Degenerative changes in the discs can not only cause pain, but can lead to:

These conditions may put pressure on the spinal cord and nerves, causing pain and possibly affecting nerve function.

What Causes Degenerative Disc Disease?

Generally, disc degeneration is related to normal aging, joint immobility, and repetitive injury, or trauma.

These related changes include:

What Is The Source Of Pain?

How Is Degenerative Disc Disease Diagnosed?

Degenerative disc disease is diagnosed with a medical history and physical examination. Your doctor will ask about your symptoms, past injuries or accidents, any previous treatment, and habits and activities that may be causing pain in the neck, arms, back, buttocks, or legs.

Specialized imaging such as MRI’s or X-rays may also be needed to further evaluate each individual’s condition. These options will be discussed after a thorough history and physical exam have been performed.  Treatment options and recommendations will be discussed based on the findings.

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