Your spine consists of small bones called vertebrae. Between each vertebra is a disc that helps protect the spine and absorb the shocks of everyday life. As we age, our spinal discs degenerate, becoming smaller and weaker. While some level of disc degeneration is a normal part of aging, degenerative disc disease (DDD) is a condition in which this natural degeneration leads to pain, stiffness, and other serious conditions.
There are three types of DDD, each categorized by the location of the disc damage. Depending on the kind of DDD you have, the symptoms you experience may vary.
Generally, DDD does not require surgery, although severe instances of degenerative disc disease may be treated with surgical intervention, including:
- Spinal fusion
- Artificial disc replacement
Just because DDD is a normal part of aging doesn’t mean you need to live in pain. Whether you’re suffering from moderate to severe degenerative disc disease, our specialists at NJ Spine and Wellness want to help you get the right treatment for your condition.