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Degenerative Disc Disease & Lower Back Pain

Degenerative Disc Disease is characterized by a wearing down of the vertebral discs. The results are a narrowing of the spaces between vertebrae and this is often a cause of pain.

What can I do?
  • Reduce inflammation, this is your first line of defence. Icing, rest and remove as many sources of irritation as possible. Avoid jogging, violent sports, lifting or any high impact activities. If something hurts you, stop or slow down and rest.
  • Get Osteopathic treatment which can reduce inflammation, promote better circulation, de-compact the vertebrae and helps to realign the body reducing wear and tear on the discs.
  • Self Treatment with an Inversion Table is also an effective way to widen the spaces between vertebrae and reduce pain. The benefits are numerous for back pain sufferers in general, which is why I have been recommending Inversion Therapy to my patients for over a decade.
  • Proper  Exercise As symptoms resolve, proper exercise is great prevention. Stretching promotes circulation and balances muscle tensions. Strengthening the back muscles creates greater stability and support for the spine. Here’s what you should consider: Swimming, aqua-fitness, Yoga, Tai-Chi, Pilates, Elliptical Trainers or Step Machines are all helpful because they are LOW IMPACT activities and avoid further compressions of the back.
  • If you experience intense pain, some over the counter medication can help, otherwise, check with your doctor if something stronger is required.

Degenerative Disc Disease can produce chronic pain. A long term strategy is necessary to overcome it, and overcome it you can!

Once things calm down, resolve to get into exercise. It’s one of your best lines of defense. Join the “Y” and have some fun!

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