Degenerative Disc Disease

Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD) refers to symptoms of back or neck pain caused by wear-and-tear on a spinal

disc

. In some cases, degenerative disc disease also causes weakness, numbness and shooting pains in the arms or legs.

DDD

typically consists of a low-level chronic pain with intermittent episodes of more severe pain. Treatment for mild to moderate pain, can include medications, physical therapy and chiropractic care. For more severe cases a procedure called a 

spinal fusion

 surgery is used where two or more vertebrae are fused into one single structure. The goal is to stop movement between the two bones and prevent back pain. An

Orthopaedic Surgeon

will undertake Spinal Surgery

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