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What is degenerative disk disease?

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Disk problems are sometimes lumped together under the term degenerative disk disease. Change in the condition of the disk is a natural result of aging. This is part of our slow loss of flexibility as we grow older.

But disk degeneration is far more serious in some people than in others. Severe cases may be the result of a deficiency in collagen, the material that makes up cartilage. Poor muscle tone, poor posture, and obesity also put extra strain on the spine and the ligaments that hold the disks in place.

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Medtronic Sofamor Danek, Inc. 

The Mayo Clinic.

Reviewed by David Zelman on April 21, 2017

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Medtronic Sofamor Danek, Inc. 

The Mayo Clinic.

Reviewed by David Zelman on April 21, 2017

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