Degenerative disc disease is a condition that is commonly misunderstood. A degenerated disc is not actually a disease—it is part of the normal aging of the spine. When a spinal disc degenerates, it loses its ability to function efficiently as part of the spinal joint, which in turn can lead to back pain and possibly pain that radiates through the extremities.


In addition to having pain or stiffness, many patients with cervical disc degeneration have numbness, tingling, or weakness in the neck, arms, or shoulders.

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