Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease - Spinal Cord and Nerve Compression
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- Am I at Risk
Seven vertebrae make up the cervical area of your spine. The back part of the vertebra arches to form the lamina. The lamina creates a roof-like cover over the back of the opening in each vertebra. The opening in the center of each vertebra forms the spinal canal.
Am I at Risk
There are several factors that may increase the risk for developing degenerative disc disease including:
_____ Physically active young adults and middle-aged adults have an increased risk of developing degenerative disc disease.
_____ Trauma increases the risk of the condition.
_____ Arthritis and the natural aging process increase the risk of degenerative disc disease.
Untreated degenerative disc disease can lead to irreversible neurological damage when this condition is causing neurological signs and symptoms.
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