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What is the best thing to do for degnerative disc disease?

By Anonymous January 13, 2014 - 4:25pm
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I've had for about 5 years on my left side. What's the best treatment and pain management?

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Hello Anonymous,

I am sorry to hear that you have been suffering with pain associated with degenerative disc disease for five years.

Degenerative disc disease describes the normal changes in the spinal discs that occur with age. The spinal discs are soft, compressible discs which separate the vertebrae that comprise the spine. The discs act as shock absorbers. The discs break down or degenerate as we age. This leads to the condition, not disease, called degenerative disc disease.

Anonymous, what symptoms are you experiencing? Many people have no pain, while others have severe pain that limits activities. The location of the pain depends on the location of the damaged disc.

Pain relief can be achieved with ice or heat, whichever feels better, on the affected area. Acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can help. In some cases, physical therapy and exercises for strengthening and stretching the back are often recommended. In other situations, surgery may be necessary.

Your physician knows the extent of your condition and is the one who can recommend a treatment option that is best for you.


January 13, 2014 - 5:54pm
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