Degenerative Disc Disease Overview

A Spine Expert Explains DDD

In this video, Dr. Richard Fessler, a professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at Northwestern University, gives a brief definition of degenerative disc disease.  In simple, easy-to-understand terms, Dr. Fessler will help you understand the basics of this condition.

Although it’s most commonly associated with aging, degenerative disc disease can affect younger people as well.  It’s the result of wear and tear on your spine, a process that causes your intervertebral discs to lose their ability to cushion your movements.

To learn more about degenerative disc disease, you can read this informative overview article that includes an illustration of intervertebral disc problems.

Updated on: 08/11/14
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