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Degenerative Disc Diseases
Degeneration of the disc is a condition of the discs between vertebrae with loss of cushioning, fragmentation, and herniation related to ageing. In some cases, degenerative disc disease also causes weakness, numbness, and hot, shooting pains in the arms or legs (radicular pain). Degenerative disc disease typically consists of low-level chronic pain with intermittent episodes of more severe pain.
Symptoms of disc degeneration are as below:
● Back and/or neck pain
● Muscle spasms
● Stiffness - whole back and/or neck
● Pain and stiffness worsen while bending or getting up
● A sensation of pinching, tingling, or numbness
● Pain aggravated by physical activity
● Loss of mobility
● Degeneration (above age 50)
● Injury or accident
● Lifting heavy weights
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Frequently Asked Questions
Can degenerative disc disease cause paralysis?
This can irritate the spinal cord or nearby nerves, causing weakness and numbness in the arms or legs. A severely herniated disc can cause paralysis. Disc herniation is most common in the lower back (lumbar spine) and neck (cervical spine).
Is it better to sleep on a hard or soft mattress?
For those not experiencing troublesome back pain, a firm mattress will generally be more comfortable. When sleeping on a firmer surface, the bones absorb most of the pressure, meaning there is less stress on muscles, veins, and arteries. Muscles are less strained, and circulation is improved.
What are the 4 stages of degenerative disc disease?
These four stages are the Dysfunction Stage, the Dehydration Stage, the Stabilization Stage, and the Collapsing Stage. They can result in pain, degenerative scoliosis, and loss of mobility.