Answers to Common Spine Health Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about spine health.

What is cervical degenerative disc disease?

Dr. Neal Mehan discusses cervical degenerative disc disease. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

What is cervical degenerative disc disease?

Cervical degenerative disk disease is something that happens to us as we age. We lose the water content of our disk and eventually they become more rigid and are prone to injury and can lose their height and cause pinching of the spinal cord or the nerves in the spine.


Cervical degenerative disc disease is a condition that happens as we age.

Premier Physician Network (PPN) physicians say the disease occurs when we lose water content in our discs, which makes them become rigid over time.

Being rigid makes discs more likely to suffer an injury. They can also lose height, become compressed, and pinch the spinal cord or the nerves in the spine.

Talk to your doctor for more information about cervical degenerative disc disease.

Source: Jennifer Smail, MD, Pledger Orthopaedic Spine Center and Associates; Neal Mehan, MD, Clinical Neuroscience Institute

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