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degenerative disc disease

This spinal condition comes from the normal wear-and-tear process of aging. As we age, our discs lose some of their flexibility, elasticity and shock-absorbing ability. Degenerative disc disease may become problematic if the disc height is reduced or if the disc becomes thin and stiffens.


Degenerative Disc Disease usually begins with a decrease in the water content of the nucleus pulposus and can lead to tears in the annulus fibrosis. 


Disc Degeneration can lead to bulging discs, bone spurs or osteophytes, or loss of disc height and alignment. This can cause nerve impingement, which may result in pain.

Dr. Cluck


Dr. Michael W. Cluck is a recognized expert in the surgical management of spinal disorders including herniated cervical and lumbar discs, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, arthroplasty (disc replacement), and spinal stabilization and fusion for traumatic and degenerative spinal instability and deformity.

Dr. Cluck and the Valley Spine Care team are highly trained experts in minimally invasive spine surgery that will return you to an active, pain free, lifestyle in the shortest time possible.

If you're in need of a neck and back surgeon in Merced don't hesitate to get in touch today!

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