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Degenerative disc disease symptoms can vary from person to person, but one of the most common symptoms is pain in the back or neck. Symptoms of degenerative disc disease do not always present in every case. While someone with a degenerative disc may feel severe pain that limits their day-to-day activities, another person with the same degree of degeneration may experience only mild discomfort. Like most orthopedic conditions, early diagnosis is the key to obtaining the most successful treatment.
Along with localized pain, degenerative disc disease symptoms such as radiating pain or numbness may be felt in the extremities. As nerves and other structures surrounding the damaged disc are compressed, pain radiates along the nerve paths to the body's extremities.
If you suffer from a degenerative disc in your lower back, pain will likely get worse while sitting because the lumbar spine is under more pressure in a seated position. Symptoms may occur in the buttocks, legs, and feet. If you suffer from a degenerative disc in your neck, the cervical nerve compression may cause you to experience pain and numbness in the shoulders, arms, and hands.
Endoscopic spine procedures can be used to correct many of the conditions that cause chronic back pain or to repair failed previous surgeries.- Kaixuan Liu, MD, PhD President, Atlantic Spine Center Read More about Dr.Liu