Dr. Yusuf Mosuro shares that one of the leading and most misunderstood causes of both neck and lower back pain is degenerative disc disease. While it is a very common disease that many people are diagnosed with, it is also one of the most misinterpreted pain conditions out there. There are many things that patients should know if their physician or pain specialist diagnoses them with degenerative disc disease and in order to assist these people in getting the best treatment possible, he is providing this information.

The name of this condition can be misleading.

When someone is diagnosed with degenerative disc disease, they are often afraid that the word “degenerative” implies that their symptoms will worsen over time. This is not always the case, however, shares pain management specialist Dr. Yusuf Mosuro. The word degenerative in degenerative disc disease actually refers to the process of the spinal disc degenerating over time, and oftentimes, the amount of pain that a person feels can actually improve over a long period of time. It is also important to note that this is not a disease – it is a condition. A person cannot transmit this condition to another person: it comes from a damaged spinal or cervical (neck) disc.

Who is subject to this condition.

In some way, every person will go through the process of disc degeneration, simply by virtue of the natural aging process. Where this natural process varies is whether people exhibit symptoms or not, and even those who show symptoms of this process do so in varying degrees of severity.

Degenerative disc disease can play a role in other conditions as well.

While many physicians and pain specialists disagree as to what exactly degenerative disc disease entails, they can oftentimes agree that this condition leads to or can speed up the onset of other painful spinal conditions. Dr. Yusuf Mosuro shares that some of these conditions are spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, osteoarthritis in the spine and several other conditions.