This condition is a weakening of one or more vertebral discs, which normally act as a cushion between the vertebrae. This condition can develop as a natural part of the aging process, but it may also result from injury to the back.
The amount of pain caused by degenerative disc disease can vary from slightly irritating to severely debilitating. Most patients suffer some underlying chronic low back pain with intermittent episodes of severe pain. Usually, sitting, bending, twisting and lifting worsen the pain more than standing or lying down, positions that can relieve the strain on the disc space.
Degenerative disc disease frequently causes lower back pain. This condition is one of the most common and can arise due to a variety of reasons, including trauma, but the most common reason for developing degenerative disc disease is simply growing older.