Degenerative Disc Disease
Degeneration of the intervertebral disc, often called "degenerative disc disease" (DDD) of the spine, is a condition that can be painful, and so can greatly affect the quality of one's life. While disc degeneration is a normal part of aging and for most people is not a problem, for some people a degenerated disc can cause constant chronic pain.
In symptomatic degenerative disc disease, chronic low back pain sometimes radiates to the hips, or there is pain in the buttocks or thighs while walking; sporadic tingling or weakness through the knees may also occur. Similar pain may be felt or may increase while sitting, bending, lifting, and twisting. Chronic neck pain can also be caused in the upper spine, with pain radiating to the shoulders, arms and hands.