Diagnosis: Degenerative Disk Disease
Clinical Keywords: Degenerative disk disease, endplate changes, Modic changes, annular fissure/tear, herniated disk, low back pain, back arthritis
- Source of low back pain
- Presence may lead to annular fissures and herniated disks
In Plain Language:
The spine or backbone is made up of multiple bones stacked upon each other in a column with cushion-like intervertebral disks between them. These disks are made up of a gel-like center and rigid outer covering. Over time, the gel-like center dries up and loses its cushion-like ability leading to a decrease in the height of the disk and reactive changes to the adjacent bones.
(Image of vertebral disks and vertebrae)
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