Degenerative disc disease is one of the most common causes of low back and neck pain. De-generative disc disease refers to symptoms of back or neck pain caused by wear-and-tear on a spinal disc. In some cases, degenerative disc disease also causes weakness, numbness, and hot, shooting pains in the arms or legs (radicular pain). Degenerative disc disease typically con-sists of a low-level chronic pain with intermittent episodes of more severe pain. Disc degenera-tion is a natural part of aging, and over time everybody will exhibit some changes in their discs. However, a degenerating disc does not always cause symptoms to develop. In fact, degenera-tive disc disease is quite variable in its nature and severity.