Degenerative does mean “wear and tear” but probably not how you think of it. Genetics plays a great role in degeneration but so does trauma, occupation, advocation and prior surgery. Accidents typically cause increased stress at a previous degenerative but non-symptomatic level.
A good spine surgeon should be able to ferret out the source of your symptoms.
Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.