Degenerative Disc Disease What is degenerative disc disease? Also known as osteoarthritis spine, this condition involves the deterioration of intervertebral discs in the spine and affects over three million Americans every year. This disease is caused by tears and cracks in these discs, lack of cushioning fluid in the discs, injury, and old age. What are the symptoms of degenerative disc disease? Consistent discomfort in the lower back, pain in the hips, on-and-off tingling, numbness, and increased symptoms when bending down, lifting something heavy, and sitting for an extended period of time. You start noticing symptoms after an injury, after bending over, or it may just start happening at random. How do we treat degenerative disc disease? We work to restore muscle strength to your back and the surrounding areas, and increase function and mobility through various exercises. By increasing movement, increasing flexibility, and arming you with proper posture techniques, your pain and discomfort with soon noticeably lessen.