Degenerative disc disease is the deterioration of the vertebral discs in the spine that cushion and protect the bones. While this condition may develop due to normal wear and tear as a person ages, it may also develop after a back injury.
Degenerative disc disease may cause bone spurs that result in spinal stenosis. Other symptoms of degenerative disc disease include:
- Pain, numbness, or tingling in the legs
- Pain when bending, twisting, or sitting
- Muscle spasms
Laying down may relieve the pain and pressure on the spine.
Treatments for degenerative disc disease may include physical therapy, epidural steroid injections, anti-inflammatory medication, and back braces.
If symptoms persist or become worse over time, surgery may be necessary to replace the damaged disc.