Degenerative Disc Disease is a somewhat natural process whereby aging has the discs of the back undergo slow wear and tear. The discs are a fibrocartilagenous cushion which acts like a shock absorber to protect the spine, vertebrae and brain. Other terms associated with Degenerative Disc Disease are:
Bulging discs usually occur before an injury which can lead to protruding discs. Pressure on the intervertebral discs can increase by up to 50% just from laughing. Lifting 20 kilograms with knees straight and back flexed increases pressures on the disc by 170%. These two examples just show how much our discs in our back have to undergo.
Herniated disc is a damaged or bulging disc. Causes of bulging discs/herniated disc/or Degenerative Disc Disease are:
When the disc bulges or herniates the disc may press on your nerve roots causing pain, numbness and weakness in the area of the body where the nerve travels
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