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Degenerative Disc Disease

This occurs as a normal part of the aging process as the discs in the spine change, causing cracks or loss of fluid.

Symptoms

  • Neck or back pain
  • Numbness or tingling in some cases

Treatment

  • Ice or heat packs
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce pain
  • Physical therapy
  • Surgery to remove the damaged discs, or fuse bones together to protect the spinal cord

spine and neck