Degenerative Disc Disease is the term used for a common cause of lower back pain due to thinning of the disc.
As the disc thins, the vertebrae above it begins to settle on the one below it, and the spinal canal space narrows. As this occurs, the joints of the spine also settle upon each other, creating joint irritation that can be painful.
Although this is termed a "disease," it's really not. Rather it's another challenge associated with the aging process.
If your examination shows your back pain is due to degenerative disc disease, we use a variety of manipulative, mobilization and decompressive techniques to widen the canal space, drop the intradiscal pressure and increase the disc height to relieve pain.