Degenerative intervertebral discs (non-technical article)
A degenerative disc is an intervertebral disc (disc) has lost some of its structural integrity. Said another way, the disc has undergone a degree of wear and tear. Normal degenerative changes will occur during the ageing process and will happen in everyone to different extents. Pathological changes arise from disease, infection or trauma and are not regular changes.
Degenerative discs can be symptomatic (painful) or asymptomatic (no pain).
Common symptoms include:
- Spinal stiffness
- Back and neck pain
- Pain that radiates from the spine towards the arms or legs
Chiropractic and physiotherapy treatments for degenerative discs will aim to reduce pain and improve the movement and function of the spine.