Degenerative Disc Disease is a gradual process that affects the structural integrity of discs. As people age, disc moisture decreases, resulting in discs that may shrink, wrinkle, and even crack. These disc changes allow vertebral structures to compress, resulting in less space for nerves to exit the spinal column. The compressed nerves may swell and cause pain.
If you have questions about degenerative disc disease or would like to set up an appointment with a physician specializing in degenerative disc disease diagnosis and treatment, please contact the ONS Spine Center.