In degenerative disc disease we think of this as a long-term condition where the cushioning material, meaning the water and the gel in the disc wears out over time, it dries out. You do not have as much cushion between the bones of your spine, that can make it hard to move, that can be a cause of long-term low back pain.
Degeneration or wear and tear arthritis of the disc often show up as mainly low back pain. You sometimes might have some leg pain or pain traveling down your leg like sciatica.
To summarize degenerative disc disease takes time the disc is just wearing out, losing the water and gel components that support your back overtime.
Check out more information here: https://www.spine-health.com/conditions/degenerative-disc-disease/what-degenerative-disc-disease
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