What causes degenerative spinal diseases?

Degenerative spinal diseases are typically caused by normal wear and tear to the spinal column and surrounding soft tissue as we age. If your job or lifestyle puts additional strain on your neck or back, you can increase the rate at which this wear and tear occurs. This wear and tear can lead to a slipped or herniated disk, the narrowing of the spinal canal, or a breakdown in the cartilage of the spinal joints. Tumors, infections, arthritis, or muscles strains can also lead to degenerative spinal diseases.

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Degenerative Spinal Disease

Degenerative Spinal Disease

The term degenerative spinal disease does not refer to any one disorder of the spine, but is a general term that covers many types of disorders that cause wear and tear on the bones and tissues of the spine. This kind of spinal pr...

oblem is usually part of the normal aging process, but many people are more prone to spinal problems than others. Some common degenerative spine disorders are herniated disc (sometimes called slipped disc), a condition in which there is a bulge or a rupture of a disc that pushes against the spinal nerves. With the nerve compression comes pain and possibly numbness. Herniated disc can improve on their own, or you may need surgery. Spinal stenosis is another common back problem. This is a term that describes narrowing of the spinal canal and a build up of tissue that causes pain, stiffness and difficulty walking and moving around. See your doctor to determine the best treatment for your degenerative spine disease.

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