Disco-genic Low Back Pain is a serious degenerative problem for you and many
Disco-genic Low Back Pain has other names like internal disc disruption syndrome (IDDS) and Degenerative disc disease (DDD). The diseases are represented by low back pain that stem out of injured or degenerated intervertebral discs. The terms appear to be overlapping with each other, so they are really confusing. In the most probability, the term Disco-genic Low Back Pain is the most authentic one. The basic idea about the pain is it originates from unhappy and abnormal lumber intervertebral discs.
How the three terms stand for each other?
Even though the term Disco-genic Low Back Pain is the most fitting one, as per the conditionality of the problem, but we must relate the trouble by understanding the term, Degenerative disc disease (DDD) or the term internal disc disruption syndrome (IDDS).
Clinical approach for diagnosing the exact problem
Clinical diagnoses with these terms have the same explanation about the stemming out of the problems in all the three conditions. Nevertheless, your physician will be the right person to diagnose the problem and initiate the treatment that suits you the best.
The exact problem, in brief
Dehydration or loss of white signal, inflammatory endplate changes and loss of disc height are the normal causes of the problem.
Although the term Degenerative disc disease (DDD) is the most common term, but it is most commonly found among the aging adults.
How does the problem damage a patient’s body system?
Normally, the function of our intervertebral discs is to absorb the shock for the spine, but with the progression of our age, it dries out gradually. This results into loss of strength and resiliency. These changes, among most of the patients, are gradual. So, most of the patients remain ignorant about the onslaught of the degenerative disc disease, except a few, who can gauge the symptoms of their ensuing problem.
Common findings of the Disco-genic Low Back Pain
Loss of white signal / loss of hydration from center of disc
Changes to the vertebral bone (below and above the disc or Endplate changes (e.g. marrow replacement, inflammation, bony sclerosis)
Flattening of disc or decreased disc height
IDDS (Internal disc Disruption syndrome) & its extremity
Some of these IDDS patients may experience unbearable pain in their intervertebral discs, even though their radiological studies indicate about minimal degenerative changes. In some cases doctors deem it to be “normal”, lessening the actual gravity of the condition, as if the very disc is not the cause of the problem...
The importance of correct MRI study makes a lot of difference
In many of the cases, discrete tears, through or within the fibrous rings of annulus fibrosis / connective tissues inside the discs are not seen in MRI. Because of this, irritations can be felt at the endings of the nerve, within this fibrous ring. These results to back pain which can be felt by a patient of DDD or IDDS.