Degenerative Disc Disease is not a ‘disease’
Don’t be alarmed by a diagnosis of ‘degenerative disc disease’. This is not a progressive, threatening disease. In fact, it is not really a disease and not always due to degeneration. While it is true that disc degeneration can produce pain at times and is likely to progress over time, the pain from this condition usually does not get worse and in fact usually gets better over time. This is because as the disc degenerates, it actually gets more stiff and therefore more stable. Disc degeneration is actually a natural part of aging, and over time all people will exhibit changes in their discs consistent with a greater or lesser degree of degeneration. Since pain is not proportional to the amount of disc degeneration and is more related to the stability of the disc, it is important to strengthen your core spinal muscles.