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    Is there a difference in degenerative & ruptured disks?
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    sabine48 posted:
    Are these one and the same in diagnosis? If no, what is the difference? I am referrring to the C6 & 7 neck vertebrae and the diagnosis of ruptured disk recently given but am seeing more referals to explaining degenerative instead of ruptured disk. Thank you!
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    davedsel57 responded:
    Hello again, Sabine.

    The terms herniated disc or ruptured disc are used interchangeably for a disc that has a tear in the wall.

    A degenerated disc and basically shrunk over time but is still intact. It is possible for a disc to degenerate to the point where they are virtually no longer there and the vertebrae are touching each other.

    Those spine sites I gave you links to should help you understand the terms as well.
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    Dave
     
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    sabine48 replied to davedsel57's response:
    Thanks Dave, I did find it on the Spine Universe link, sorry i asked before I had a chance to find it! I see it explains a herniated and ruptured disk as pretty much the same things and the degenerative disk as something different than what I believe we are looking at, at this point. Again, thanks!


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