Degenerative disk disease is the wearing out of your disks in your back. This is a slow process resulting from drying out of the nucleus pulposus changing how the disk manage forces. Over time the disk may darkens, collapse, bulge, tear and rupture producing leg pain called Sciatica.
Everyone or at least most people develop radiologic evidence of degenerative disk disease if they live long enough, but not everyone will have pain and suffering as a result of it. There are many new treatments for degenerative disk disease including artificial disk replacement, endoscopic discectomy and annuloplasty, Endoscopic Spinal Fusion (that is Endoscopic Lumbar Interbody Fusion or ELIF).
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