Degenerative Disc Disease
Intervertebral discs receive no direct blood flow and therefore have a very limited ability to self-repair. Therefore, even minor traumas over a period of years can cause a cumulative effect of deterioration. The disc is said to “dry out” over time. The fluid component of the disc slowly but surely diminishes, and the remaining tissue is inflexible and brittle. Restoring motion to the spine and decompressing the area can return moisture and nutrients to the disc, giving it life again.