Degenerative disc disease is generally associated with the aging. As you age, your discs start degenerating (breaking down) and become problematic: that is a natural component of growing older as the body deals with years of strain, overuse, and even misuse. However, Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD) may occur in people as young as 20, sadly, youth doesn’t always protect you from the disc-related conditions. In fact, some people may also inherit a prematurely aging spine.
Causes of Degenerative Discs Disease
There are various possible causes of DDD. Sometimes discs become so dry and shrunken due to leaking of protein from the disc. Degenerative disc disease can be a result of acute or chronic trauma, infection, or the natural processes of aging.
Symptoms of Degenerative Disc Disease
• Local Pain
• Restricted activity or Loss of mobility
• Muscle tingling, weakness, or numbness
• Symptom relief with certain movements
• Radiating upper body symptoms with cervical degenerative disc diseases
• Pain that worsens when sitting, lifting, bending or twisting
• Pain in the neck, low back, buttocks, or thighs,
• Pain that feels better when changing positions, walking or lying down
• Periods of severe pain that gets better after a few days or months
• Numbness and tingling into the legs
• Weakness in the legs