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Are degenerative spinal diseases actually diseases?

Degenerative spinal diseases are not actually diseases, but a group of common spinal disorders. The term "disease" may cause misconceptions or confusion about these disorders. Despite their name, degenerative spinal diseases are caused by the natural aging process, and are not the result of a disease. In some rare cases, a viral illness may cause inflammation around the spine, leading to a degenerative spinal disease. Even in these cases, the spinal disorder is not technically a disease.

Luke Macyszyn, MD
Neurosurgery
Degenerative spinal disease is more of a process than a disease that one acquires from something or someone. Unfortunately, as people age, this process inevitably takes place as it is a normal part of aging.

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