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What is progressive disc degeneration?


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2007-10-23 04:39:26
2007-10-23 04:39:26

Progressive disc degeneration is something that I myself suffer with wich it is the later stages of disc degeneration desease in wich the disc in your back and/or neck start to deteriate it is useuall caused by over working your back .. lifting the wrong way for too long and a whole lot of things but it over stresses the disc and causes them to deteriate and there for the mame of the desease the working mans desease as I call it


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Disc desication is another way of saying disc degeneration, which in other words is wear asnd tear or arthritis. Discs are located between each bone of the spine and function as shock absorbers so we can move, jump, turn,etc... They also act as a spacer, creating holes on the side of the spine for nerves to exit off of the spinal cord. Disc bulging is literally a disc that is "bulging". This is linked often times to desication because as a disc degenerates it flattens and bulges outward.

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