It may sound like gibberish when a physician states the lower back pain and/or leg pain you feel is caused by a degenerative disc. What does this mean? How did you get it? Many questions are triggered by this one diagnosis. That is understandable and I am here to help you sort through some of these questions and answers.
Two Causes of a Degenerative Disc
Each disc is filled with a gooey material, the nucleus. And when a disc tears or cracks this gooey material pushes through a casing causing the disc to bulge, break open or fracture into small pieces. The other cause of a degenerative disc is the reduction of fluid. Each disc needs fluid to stay flexible and protect the discs from moving when a jolt, push or hit occurs to the body.
Both of these causes are the culprit of much pain that ensues. But certain activities and lifestyle traits do make the risk greater, such as smoking cigarettes, repetitive heavy lifting and obesity.
What are the Symptoms?
Symptoms may vary depending on the location of the damaged area. This is why you need to consult with a medical professional before proceeding forth.