Degenerative Disc Disease
As we age, discs in the spine dehydrate. This is not always a painful condition. However, disc degeneration may follow injury to a disc. This condition may be more likely to be painful.
Disc degeneration is associated with pain in the back or neck. Pain may also be present in the arms or legs. However, not all degenerated discs cause pain.
Early treatment for painful disc degeneration includes physical therapy, education and/or medication. If pain persists after these treatments, surgery may be considered. It is important to discuss treatment options with your doctor in deciding which treatment, if any, may be best for you.