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Degenerative Disc Disease & Disc Rupture

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:34 AM in Degenerative Disc Disease
Hi - I have been diagnosed with degenerataive disc disease and a prutured disc.
Does the degenration cause the rupture or can it be caused by heavy work -lifting, twisting, reaching etc?

Many thanks


  • Welcome to the board.
    It could happen either way.It's just more likely when discs are degenerating.
  • Hi thanks for the reply, is there any way of telling?
    I didnt get any pain until I had an accident and blew my knee out and could have done the disc at the same time.
  • sorry you have this problem...
    i have read that research points to ruptured or torn disks being directly related to ddd.

  • DDD takes the fluid out of the disc material, making it drier and less elastic. Any movement, heavy lifting or twisting or even just repetitive movement will tear a disc. Mine was chipped off and torn. Folks with ideal disc material can herniate a disc by sneezing wrong or putting lots of pressure and just literally popping the disc so that the fluid leaks out. DDD is a different type of disc problem. When you blew your knees out, what happened? Do you have arthritis? Had you had any back pain before your hurt your knees? I have both degenerative disc and degenerative joint disease, so my knees are a grade 3 out of 4 right now and swell and hurt. I'm 45 years old. I know where you're at with all of this. It's not fun! Have you seen a specialist and what have they told you?
  • Hiya >:D< Welcome to Spine Health >:D< sorry that you have alot of pain >:D< DDD can be one cause for the protusion :? but i have to agree with the liverpool fan that it can be caused by heavy lifting too :S But if your back is weak or you have a weak spot, then it will not take alot for it to pop! :B i hope this helps you >:D<

    Angie :H
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