Degenerative Disc Disease

Degenerative Disc Disease

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Degenerative Disc Disease is a common cause of neck pain and may be referred to by some people as a stiff neck, etc. The cervical spine supports the neck and head, it wears out over a period of years as the cushions (or discs) between the bones become worn and the bones (or vertebrae) become irregular. Over time, these discs begin to degenerate and the bones form spurs that may limit the space between the vertebrae and the nerve roots may become pinched. As degenerative disc disease progresses the neck becomes less flexible, and patients may experience pain and stiffness (most common during the later part of the day).

Symptoms of Degenerative Disc Disease may include:

  • Pain and stiffness in the neck
  • Possible numbness and tingling in the neck, arms or shoulders
  • Possible weakness in the neck, arms or shoulders

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