What is Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease?

Lumbar degenerative disc disease usually starts with a torsional (twisting) injury to the lower back, such as when a person rotates to put something on a shelf or swing a golf club and sometime it is cause by wear and tear of the spine too.

Degenerative disc disease is fairly common, and it is estimated that at least 30% of people aged 30-50 years old will have some degree of disc space degeneration, although not all will have pain or ever receive a formal diagnosis. In fact, after a patient reaches 60, some level of disc degeneration is deemed to be a normal finding.

Causes of Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease

  • Inflammation
  • Abnormal micro-motion instability

Symptoms of Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease

  • Pain on the Centered lower back and may radiate to the hips and legs
  • Pain woresen when sitting, or when the discs experience a heavier load
  • Exacerbated by certain movements, particularly bending, twisting or lifting