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.

 

Don't let the term "degenerative" confuse you—degenerative disc disease does not necessarily get worse with age, but it can lead to intense pain.

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