Degenerative Disc Disease

October 26, 2016

Degenerative Disc Disease, or DDD, often occurs as part of the normal aging process. The most common symptom of DDD is deep, aching lower back pain that often radiates to the top of the thighs. Symp­toms are characterized by pain in the morning and stiffness in the lower back. The condition can occur anywhere along the spine, but is most common in the neck (cervical) and lower back (lumbar) re­gions. Symptoms can resolve on their own; however, medications and nonoperative treatments (physical therapy) may be needed. Surgery is performed for those whose symptoms do not improve.