Though it shouldn’t be taken lightly, a degenerative spine is fairly common. Your spine is made up of a complex series of muscles, vertebrae, ligaments, and intervertebral discs that can deteriorate over time. The discs are particularly important because they act as shock absorbers for the spine. In addition to allowing for flexibility in your spine, they prevent the vertebra from grinding against one another.
With age, the constant tension and stress that our spines endure take a toll on our intervertebral discs. Age-related changes also make our discs drier and weaker, causing them to deteriorate and become less effective. This ultimately leads to degenerative spine disorders.