The changes in the discs can result in back or neck pain and/or:
Osteoarthritis, the breakdown of the tissue (cartilage) that protects and cushions joints.
Herniated disc, an abnormal bulge or breaking open of a spinal disc.
Spinal stenosis, the narrowing of the spinal canal camera.gif, the open space in the spine that holds the spinal cord camera.gif.
These conditions may put pressure on the spinal cord and nerves, leading to pain and possibly affecting nerve function.