Degenerative disk disease (DDD) develops as an outcome of the effects of aging in your back and particularly in your intervertebral discs.
Additionally, it may be associated with an injury to the back, but in that scenario, your disks have generally become weak because, with age, disks lose water content, may become thinner; both of which can change shape and the strength of one or more discs. Before you feel the result of DDD— other symptoms as well as pain — your discs along with other backbone constructions are changing. That is simply the natural consequence of the stress and tension each of us places our backs through every day.
Causes and Effects of DDD
Effects and the causes of degenerative disc disease are relatively clear-cut: You age, your disks change, your bones could be affected, and also you can develop pain. It even helps to think as a cause and effect process or cascade of DDD: One anatomical change happens, which leads to changes and more degeneration in the structures of your back. These changes combine to cause degenerative disk disease and its particular symptoms.
- DDD begins with changes in your intervertebral discs, but eventually, it’s going to change other moving parts of the spine, like the facet joints.
- Over time, the collagen (protein) structure of the annulus fibrosus (that is the outer portion of the intervertebral disc) changes.
- Moreover, water-pulling molecules—and consequently water—in the disc declines.
- These changes decrease the ability to manage the back move of the disc.
How Disc Degeneration Occurs
The disc can be less spongy and substantially thinner. A disc that is thinner means the space between the vertebra above and below the disc gets smaller, which causes a brand new problem, this time with all the facet joints. They help stabilize the back, and changes move, in the event, the disc loses height. Subsequently, the cartilage that protects the facets starts to wear away, and they start to proceed too much: They “override” and become excessively mobile.
The function of the Spine with Hypermobility
Freedom causes another change in your spine. It attempts to cease the motion with the growth of little bony parts called bone spurs (osteophytes). Sadly, the bone spurs sometimes pinch nerve structures and cause pain. The bone spurs can narrow the space for nerves and the spinal cord —that disorder is called spinal stenosis. Degenerative disc disease won’t cause spinal stenosis but it’s something you should be aware of if you’ve degenerative disc disease.
Genetics and DDD
Your genes can also raise your danger of developing degenerative disk disease. You might be predisposed to excessive joint and disc wear and tear, so if someone in your family has or had degenerative disk disorder, you may even develop back pain or neck pain related to DDD.
Controlling Your Lifestyle
Eventually, the method you are living in could result in degenerative disk disease. Smoking, by way of example, will cause them to degenerate faster and adversely affects your disks. Smoking really decreases the level of water in your discs, and water is part of what helps your discs absorb move. With less water content, your intervertebral discs can wear out sooner.
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By Dr. Alex Jimenez
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