Degenerative disc disease, often associated with aging, involves the deterioration of the intervertebral discs in the spine. These discs function as shock absorbers and allow for flexibility. They lose their cushioning ability as they degrade, leading to pain, discomfort, and limited mobility.
The causes include age-related wear and tear, injury, and sometimes genetic factors. The symptoms can vary but often have localized pain, discomfort during certain activities, and reduced mobility or flexibility in the spine.
Proper understanding of this condition is essential for effective management. Treatment strategies may include physical therapy, lifestyle adjustments like maintaining a healthy weight and practicing good posture, and sometimes medical interventions.
Non-surgical options like Class IV laser therapy can provide pain relief and assist in the healing process, making them a valuable part of the treatment plan for many patients.