Degenerative Disc Disease

What is Degenerative Disc Disease?

A disc comprises the outer annulus and the inner nucleus pulposus. Degenerative disc disease occurs when the structure of the disc changes with ageing. An injury to the disc can sometimes accelerate this process.

What are the symptoms of Degenerative Disc Disease?

  • Localised pain and stiffness in the affected areas

How is Degenerative Disc Disease diagnosed?

Imaging tests are done with ultrasound or CT scan.  A discography may sometimes be used to determine the disc level that is causing the pain.

Reviewed by Dr. Mohd Mashfiqul Arafin Siddiqui (Dr. Mash), Senior Orthopedic and Spine Surgeon, The Orthopaedic Centre, Farrer Park Hospital

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