Disc problems can start from over-use, an accident, or just the wear and tear of daily life. Degenerative changes in the discs may result in damage that can cause pain.
When a disc degenerates it can have tears or cracks that lose water, which cause it to become thinner and provide less padding to absorb movement.
Degenerated discs can also bulge (herniate) and pinch the spinal cord or nerves, which causes loss of feeling, weakness, pain, or tingling down the arms and hands.

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