Many common health ailments can be linked to hereditary causes, including vision problems and certain skin conditions, but what about degenerative disc disease (DDD)? If your parent or grandparent has suffered from degenerated discs, does that mean you’ll have to face the condition at some point in the future? At the Colorado Spine Institute in Loveland, we’re always working to keep up with the latest research on spinal conditions, and always interested to know if there is a genetic disposition to certain problems. If you’re suffering from low back pain, it could be due to DDD, but only with a medical examination can you be sure of the cause.
Considering Other Factors
Studies have shown that genetics can play a part in chronic back pain, but it’s important to consider other factors, such as injury, repetitive motion, and age. The combination of internal factors (genes and age) and external factors (injury and motion) is most likely the root cause in a majority of DDD cases, but every person’s situation is different. Our spine specialists have the knowledge and experience to determine if your chronic pain is caused by DDD or some other condition, such as a herniated or bulging disc.
Degenerative disc disease is a very common spinal condition, with millions of cases being treated by orthopaedic specialist each year. The loss of disc cushioning and flexibility in the spine can cause excruciating pain, and when you come in for your initial consultation, we’ll discuss your medical history, as well as the medical history of your family.
Colorado Spine Institute
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Johnstown, CO 80534
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