Degenerative Disk Disease

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Degenerative Disk Disease

Degenerative disc disease (DDD) is not exactly a disease but a term to describe the normal changes to the spine as you age. This condition commonly affects young adults and middle-aged people who lead active lifestyles. Symptoms of DDD vary from person to person, many people experience no back or neck pain, while others experience severe pain that interferes with their daily life. Symptoms tend to become more severe as the disease intensifies with age. A physician can diagnose DDD by taking into account medical history and conducting a physical exam. Imaging studies like an x-ray or an MRI may be needed to confirm the diagnosis. Disc degeneration cannot be reversed; therefore treatment plans focus on limiting future degeneration. Medication is commonly used to manage pain caused by DDD. Physical therapy or chiropractic manipulation may also be helpful. Surgery may be recommended if non-surgical methods do not work and pain is severe.

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The terms "Degenerative Disk Disease" returned 2 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Grading of degenerative disk disease and functional impairment: imaging versus patho-anatomical findings.
 

Author(s): Ulrich Quint, Hans-Joachim Wilke

Journal: Eur Spine J. 2008 Dec;17(12):1705-13.

 

Degenerative instability affecting the functional spinal unit is discussed as a cause of symptoms. The value of imaging signs for assessing the resulting functional impairment is still unclear. To determine the relationship between slight degrees of degeneration and function, we performed ...

Last Updated: 26 Nov 2008

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[Differential diagnosis of infective spondylodiscitis and erosive degenerative disk disease].
 

Author(s): P Champsaur, C Parlier-Cuau, V Juhan, V Daumen-Legré, C Chagnaud, P Lafforgue, J D Laredo, M Kasbarian

Journal: J Radiol. 2000 May;81(5):516-22.

 

To assess the value of imaging in the differential diagnosis of erosive intervertebral osteochondrosis (EIVO) versus infectious discitis (ID).

Last Updated: 27 Jul 2000

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Efficacy of a Human Amniotic Tissue-derived Allograft, NuCel, in Patients Undergoing Posteriolateral Lumbar Fusions for Degenerative Disc Disease
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease; Spinal Stenosis; Spondylolisthesis; Spondylosis; Intervertebral Disk Displacement; Intervertebral Disk Degeneration; Spinal Diseases; Bone Diseases; Musculoskeletal Diseases; Spondylolysis

 

Last Updated: 15 Apr 2014

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Adipose Cells for Degenerative Disc Disease
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Degenerative Disc Disease

 

Last Updated: 25 Mar 2014

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Outcomes of Degenerative Disc Disease Patients Treated With an Anterior-Only Fusion Using InQu Bone Graft
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Degenerative Disc Disease

 

Last Updated: 6 Dec 2012

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