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  • Writer's pictureDr. Thomas A. Harmody

My MD told me I have degenerative disc syndrome.

My MD told me I have degenerative disc syndrome.

Vero Beach, Fl.- What is degenerative disc syndrome? In our spine, we have intervertebral discs that separate each one of the vertebrae. This is what allows us to move, bend and twist. If the spine were just a solid bone, we would not be able to do this. These discs are filled with a liquid center that is mostly made up of water. Over time, this water can start to disappear. When the water starts to disappear the disc height gets shorter. This is called degenerative disc syndrome. Injury can accelerate this loss of water and we can usually tell if the degeneration is injury related or just normal wear and tear that occurs over time. If it usually just one or two discs in a certain area, then it tends to be injury related. If its overall degeneration, then it tends to be just wear and tear. Degenerative disc syndrome is a normal thing that happens to all of us as we age. So don’t let somebody scare you that your spine is aging like it’s supposed to. Dr. Thomas Harmody is a chiropractor at Vero Walk-In Chiropractic and Wellness in Vero Beach, Fl.

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