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Does degeneration at the thoracic level lead to or have an impact on cervical degeneration?

Is there any known relationship between having Degenerative Disk Disease at all three levels: Cervical, Thoracic, and Lumbar.

Does degeneration at the thoracic level lead to or have an impact on cervical degeneration?



  • Scottinil, you’ve asked a million dollar question that to this day that even Drs argue about. The term is adjacent disk disease which is quite controversial among even the top MDs. Whether caused by degeneration or fusion. Naturally as we age, yes all our joints have some form of degeneration. Knees, ankles etc..etc.. whether the T spine, L spine C spine cause further spinal degeneration, that’s the big question. Just my own opinion, I believe it can . When we have 1 bad area, it common for us to take the stress off the painful area and adjust it to another area which in turn, starts that deterioration, the domino effect as I call it! Great question!

  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 3,437

    Hello scottinil!
    Welcome to Spine-Health

    This is a very good question but as David stated, one that is probably still being argued.

    I have DDD in all 3 areas. Now which came first no one knows. Have you been diagnosed with DDD at any level? If so, when and what is your doctor's approach to this?

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