Your chronic back and/or neck pain may be linked to a condition called: Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD).

What Is Degenerative
Disc Disease?

Many people experience chronic back pain as they get older, but it can be a warning sign that something more serious could be wrong. The most common cause of chronic back pain is Degenerative Disc Disease, a condition that occurs when discs along the spine wear out. This can happen naturally as discs wear down over time and become less able to absorb shock, which can result in either chronic pain or sharp, unexpected pain.

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Causes of Degenerative
Disc Disease

While we currently do not fully understand the cause of DDD, some studies have shown that there is likely a genetic influence. It is also known that smoking tobacco may have a negative effect on the health of the spinal discs. So while genetics predispose some patients to this disease, lifestyle also plays a key role as a contributing factor in the development of this condition. In the neck, with so many people on the go in Palm Beach County, and constantly using their devices, there has been a rise in what is known as “text neck”. Bad posture that is exhibited around the use of devices places too much stress on various regions of the neck and spine, thus the term. Trauma or heavy lifting can be a cause of disc herniation. Once a disc is herniated this can accelerate the DDD process.

Symptoms and Diagnosis

Degenerative Disc Disease can cause weakness, tingling, numbness, muscle spasms and unexpected flare-ups of pain but it can be treated with medication, minimally invasive procedures and surgical interventions. DDD can be diagnosed through a physical exam and spinal imaging such as XRAYs and MRI.

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