Daily Dynamic Report
Degenerative Disk Disease
As a person ages, the protective disks that sit between each of the vertebrae in the spine can gradually wear down and shrink. Degeneration of these disks can lead to the bones in the spine rubbing against one another, which may cause back pain and stiffness.
While symptoms of degenerative disk disease often improve with walking, the pain may get worse when a person is standing or twisting, bending, or lifting.
Other symptoms of degenerative disk disease may include:
- lower back pain that radiates to the buttocks and thighs
- weakness in the legs or feet
- back pain that varies in severity and duration
Treatment options for degenerative disk disease can include:
- NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen and naproxen
- ice or heat packs
- physical therapy
- a back brace