Degenerative Disc Disease

Stresses and injuries to the spine can lead to degeneration of the discs in between vertebrae. They cushion the spine, but over time, the tough ligament that holds a disc together can be injured. Scar tissue that forms after injuries isn’t as strong as the original material, making the discs weaker. The space between vertebrae may narrow, and bone spurs may form. The result is back pain that can spread to the buttocks and thighs.