Definitions for "Degenerative disc disease"
Gradual or rapid deterioration of the chemical composition and physical properties of the disk space.
Degeneration of the disc over time produces low-grade inflammation and irritation and is a major cause of chronic low back pain. Because the discs in the spine do not have a dedicated blood supply, the discs must rely on a process called diffusion to receive their supply of water, nutrients, and oxygen. If the flow of these elements is disrupted, the vertebrael discs can degenerate.
Deterioration in the structure and function of the disc, commonly causes pain and function loss.