Degenerative Disc Disease
Dr. Brett Stephens
What is Degenerative Disc Disease?
Degenerative Disc Disease or DDD is the breakdown or decrease of tissues that make up the disc. Degenerative Disc Disease is common with an estimated 30% of people 30-50 years old having some degree of disc changes. Age, trauma, and wear and tear are the most common causes of DDD. Genetics plays a role in the changes as well. Repetitive activities, done over and over, such as sitting at a desk, laptop use, driving long hours and repeated cell phone use can lead to degenerative changes. DDD changes can lead to tearing of the disc, disc herniation. DDD can be very painful with constant pain in the area or even radicular symptoms down the arms or legs. It is can also be asymptomatic.
Common causes of Degenerative Disc Disease
Poor posture -seated, standing.
Desk and computer use
Cell phone or tablet use
Sprains or strains from turning head quickly
Sneezing and Coughing
Chiropractic is a great treatment option for Degenerative Disc Disease.