What Causes Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD)?

Degeneration of the spinal discs is a normal part of the aging process, which may result in degenerative disc disease. These age-related changes may include:

The loss of fluid in your discs, reducing the ability of the discs to act as shock absorbers and making them less flexible

Tears or cracks in the outer layer of the disc allow the jelly-like material inside the disc to bulge, rupture or break off fragments of bone.

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Are You At Risk For Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD)?

These changes are more likely to occur in smokers or those who do heavy physical work, such as repeated heavy lifting. People who are obese are more likely to have symptoms of degenerative disc disease. A sudden injury leading to a herniated disc may also begin the degeneration process.

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