Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD)

Degenerative disc disease is a term used to describe the normal changes in your spinal discs as you age. Between the 32 vertebrae that make up the spine are structures called discs, which act as shock absorbers. The discs are made of a thick coating that surrounds a jelly-like material.

Over time, the discs gradually deteriorate due to age, infection or injury. The gelatinous material may lose its ability to absorb water and the thick coating may weaken, stiffen, bulge or rupture. The once flexible, supple disc becomes stiff and rigid, losing its cushioning ability and restricting movement. A disc that is compromised and impinges on nerves in the spinal column can result in pain.

degenerative disc disease diagram

Spinal Conditions Caused By Disc Degeneration

Cervical or lumbar spinal stenosis or spondylolisthesis, or the narrowing of the spinal canal

Osteoarthritis, the breakdown of the cartilage that protects and cushions joins

Bulging or herniated discs

The Bonati Spine Institute encourages patients suffering from degenerative disc disease to contact us to request a no-obligation MRI review or discuss your conditions with one of our medical professionals. Find out why The Bonati Spine Procedures are considered to be among the world’s best solutions for spinal problems.