Degenerative disc disease is a condition in which the person’s spinal discs deteriorate over time. This can lead to issues such as pinched or impinged nerves, chronic back pain, inflammation of spinal areas, and reduced space between vertebrae (spinal compression). The condition is often marked by intense back pain or lower back pain that sometimes radiates to the person’s hips, buttocks, or thighs.
Pain may be more intense when bending, lifting, twisting, and making other movements. As a result, the person’s quality of life and ability to work may be affected in severe cases. Degenerative disc disease is sometimes called “degenerative disc disorder,” or DDD for short.
As indicated by its name, degenerative disc disease involves the deterioration or degeneration of spinal discs. In most cases, this is the result of aging, not so much from major traumas such as a car accident or back injury. It may also be caused by other factors such as genetic factors or deterioration caused by toxins.
DDD can sometimes be caused or aggravated by scar tissue from previous injuries. Usually the disc degenerates due to a lack of blood supply to the disc. So, repetitive motions or postures that restrict movement of the back can also be contributing factors in DDD. Many DDD cases happen in persons above the age of 30 and up.
Degenerative disc disease is a complex condition that is caused by many factors. It can sometimes be difficult to trace the cause of degenerative disc disease, as the process of degeneration can often be slow and may occur over long periods of time. However, it may be possible to recover damages for DDD. For instance, if the plaintiff can prove that a defendant’s negligence was the source of their condition, they may be able to recover damages.
Examples of this include:
- Medical misdiagnosis of the patient’s back condition
- Failure to properly diagnose DDD conditions
- Improper administration or prescription of medicines or other pharmaceutical errors
Also, some employment arrangements may provide workers compensation and other aspects of coverage for DDD that is caused by on-the-job factors.
Degenerative disc disorder can be a serious condition and may require legal assistance for a claim. You may wish to hire a personal injury lawyer if you need help with a lawsuit or if you need to file for damages. Your attorney can help assess your situation and help you achieve the best remedy. If you need to appear in court, your attorney can instruct and guide you throughout that process.