All Degenerative Disc Disease Articles

Degenerative disc disease (DDD) usually affects older people because it’s caused by the effects of aging on the spine. The intervertebral discs can become stiff and rigid, causing pain and other symptoms. However, there are many treatments, including physical therapy, medications, exercise, and surgery.

Smokers with Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease Have Surgery Earlier and More Often

Smoking and tobacco use disorder is tied to increased rates of spine surgery in people with cervical degenerative disc disease and myelopathy.

Obesity and Degenerative Disc Disease

Can obesity cause degenerative disc disease? Learn why extra pounds can put extra strain on the spine and why the symptoms of degenerative disc disease may be worse if you're significantly overweight.

Degenerative Disc Disease Center

Degenerative disc disease (DDD) is typically associated with aging. As you age, your discs, like other joints in the body, can degenerate (break down) and become problematic.

Causes of Degenerative Disc Disease

As we grow older our bodies change, and the spine is not immune to changes at its cellular level.

Symptoms of Degenerative Disc Disease

Back or neck pain is a common symptom of degenerative disc disease. Where pain is felt depends on the region of the spine affected by DDD.

Treatments for Degenerative Disc Disease

When medical attention is needed, the majority of patients respond well to non-surgical forms of treatment.

Degenerative Disc Disease and Low Back Pain

In this discussion, we address degenerative disc disease in the lumbar (low back) spine.

Artificial Discs and Degenerative Disc Disease

Artificial Discs and Degenerative Disc Disease, an interview with Kevin Foley, M.D.

Video: Surgery for Degenerative Disc Disease

Dr. Richard Fessler, a neurosurgeon and proponent of minimally invasive surgery, discusses the various types of surgeries.

Degenerative Disc Disease Animation

Short animation on degenerative disc disease: covers symptoms, causes, and treatments (aka, everything you need to know about this spine condition).

Ergonomics and Degenerative Disc Disease

Learn some basic ergonomic principles on how to adapt your work environment to protect your spine and prevent your back pain from getting worse.

Drugs, Medications, and Spinal Injections for Degenerative Disc Disease

Degenerative disc disease is a common spinal disorder that can cause neck or low back pain. Patients and their doctors have many different types of medications to choose from, including spinal injection therapies.

Chiropractic Care for Degenerative Disc Disease

In this article, get the basics of chiropractic care for degenerative disc disease. Learn about spinal manipulation, massage, and other chiropractic treatment options.

Statins and the Spine

The anti-cholesterol drug lovastatin (Mevacor) may improve degenerative disc disease surgical outcomes, according to a recent study.

Exams and Tests for Degenerative Disc Disease

Diagnosing degenerative disc disease (DDD) can be difficult because it develops so gradually. Spine surgeon-reviewed article explains the exams and tests used to diagnose degenerative disc disease.