It’s not necessarily degenerative…and it’s not a disease…!
…But yes the discs between the vertebrae are affected. If you have been diagnosed with Degenerative Disc Disease it can mean that there has been some injury or trauma to the integrity of a disc, HOWEVER, it is important to remember that 90% of people have some kind of disc degeneration and they do not all have pain!
Will it get worse and worse?
It doesn’t mean that you will have debilitating pain symptoms all of your life that get worse with age, and if you can learn how to manage your neck and retain mobile and as flexible as possible, the pain will actually often diminish over time as the body adapts.
How do I retain flexibility and manage my back better?
Chinese medicine has a very logical and descriptive system for the evolution of pain and especially pain to do with the function of the spine. We can teach you how to care for your neck, and we have practitioners who are experts in their fields (Tui Na Massage, Acupuncture, Eastern Body Movement) to help alleviate the pain you are in.