Video: Symptoms of Degenerative Disc Disease

A Spine Expert Talks About the Most Common DDD Symptoms

Dr. Richard Fessler, a Professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery at Rush University Medical School in Chicago, explains the typical symptoms of degenerative disc disease. This natural aging process may not even cause you pain:  it all depends on where your intervertebral discs have problems and how severely your discs have degenerated.  Most likely, you’ll gradually develop symptoms of DDD.

The most easily identifiable symptom of degenerative disc disease is pain—and usually it’s chronic (or ongoing) pain.  Occasionally, you may have a period of acute pain; that’s a short period of intense pain that comes on quickly.

Degenerative disc disease can affect your neck (cervical spine) or your low back (lumbar spine).  Dr. Fessler focuses on the low back in this video.

To learn more, you can look over our helpful article about symptoms of degenerative disc disease in the lumbar spine.

Updated on: 06/19/18