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

Sleeping position

Sprains or strains from turning head quickly




Strenuous exercise

Sneezing and Coughing

Roller Coasters

Treatment Options

Chiropractic is a great treatment option for Degenerative Disc Disease.