If you’ve recently been diagnosed with degenerative disc disease, you more than likely have a number of questions and could be experiencing worry, fear or even frustration. You are not alone. Degenerative disc disease is one of the most common causes of low back pain and neck pain. To put it simply, degenerative disc disease describes the symptoms of pain and possibly radiating weakness or numbness stemming from a degenerated disc of the spine. Though the definition sounds simple, if you are diagnosed with degenerative disc disease you may be left wondering what this diagnosis means for you, and what treatment options are available. Here’s the good news—there are effective treatments available for degenerative disc disease!
The Facts on Degenerative Disc Disease
- The discs in your spine serve as “cushions” between each vertebral segment
- The discs are designed somewhat like a jelly donut
- Degeneration—or deterioration—of the disc makes the disc more susceptible to a rupture, which can lead to localized or radiating pain
Treatment for Degenerative Disc Disease
The goals for treatment of degenerative disc disease may include a combination of three areas:
- Pain control
- Exercise and rehabilitation
- Lifestyle and activity modification
Here are 5 types of treatment for degenerative disc disease.
The below treatment methods are both options you can apply TODAY to help with your lower back pain caused by degenerative disc disease, or treatment provided by medical professionals.
The DRX9000 provides a primary treatment modality for the management of lower back pain and degenerative disc disease. The system is designed to apply spinal decompressive forces to compressive and degenerative injuries of the spine. It has been found to provide relief of pain and symptoms associated with degenerative disc disease.
One of the first treatment options is to avoid aggravating the condition. You can do this by modifying activities that may hurt or put strain on your lower back.
Exercise and Physical Therapy
An exercise program developed specifically for you will help to relieve the pain from degenerative disc disease. Some exercises that may be included are hamstring stretching, back strengthening, lumbar stabilization and low-impact aerobic conditioning.
Heat and Ice
Applying heat and ice to your stiff muscles and joints help to increase flexibility and range of motion. Ice packs help cool down sore muscles or numb the area where painful flare-ups are concentrated.
Spinal manipulation can relieve lower back pain through several means—including removing pressure from nerves or tissue. Manual manipulation helps increase range of motion, restore blood flow and reduce muscle tension.
If you have degenerative disc disease, you don’t have to live in pain. Consult a medical professional today to learn more about your treatment options!