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.

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.

Physical Therapy for Degenerative Disc Disease

Physical therapy for degenerative disc disease (DDD) can include exercises to stretch and strengthen your spine. Find out more about how physical therapy helps treat DDD.

Surgery for Degenerative Disc Disease

If you need surgery to deal with the pain and other symptoms of degenerative disc disease, your surgeon will recommend the best procedure. Read this article to learn about several common surgical options.

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.

Alternative Treatments for Degenerative Disc Disease

Alternative and integrative health providers treat degenerative disc disease with complementary therapies that may include acupuncture, herbal remedies, and prolotherapy.

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.

Exams and Tests for Degenerative Disc Disease

The diagnosis of degenerative disc disease involves a thorough neurological and physical exam along with imaging tests to confirm the extent of the spinal problem, such as herniation or spinal stenosis.

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.

Causes of Degenerative Disc Disease

Degenerative disc disease is a progressive age-related disorder that can cause a disc to bulge or herniate, and contributes to development of spinal stenosis.

Video Series: Exercises for Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease

SpineUniverse offers several simple stretches and exercises that may help lessen your low back pain and other symptoms, including radiculopathy.

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.

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.

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.