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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Weisman
35 years experience in Neurology
Yes: Living in florida and being 39 you can be developing osteoarthritis of the spine. You can tell from plain x-rays. Are the vertebral bodies getting clo ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Seth Zeidman
32 years experience in Neurosurgery
Collapse: Discs lose water content and sponginess. More load on the facets causing them to hypertrophy. This in turn leads to more nerve root compromise. May ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
38 years experience in Neurosurgery
Degenerative disc: The most common test now done is the MRI, in some cases a CT scan can be also helpful
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Seth Zeidman
32 years experience in Neurosurgery
Avoid Trauma Smoking: Avoid traumatic injury to discs as well a repetitive injury. Avoid or quit smoking. Use good nutrition with plenty of vitamin a, c< and e. Hope for ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bruce Rothschild
47 years experience in Rheumatology
Arthritis vrs aging: Degenerative joint disease is an outdated term for osteoarthritis of peripheral joints. Degenerative disc disease is sometimes diagnosed when vertebr ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Vaught
27 years experience in Neurosurgery
Yes: Working with a chiropractor is a common conservative treatment option. Check out spine-health.Com.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chittur Ananthakrishnan
53 years experience in Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
Sometimes: Back manipulation provide some benefits especially if the problems are due to to facet joint disease.
A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Kayvanfar
32 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
Start w conservative: Start w conservative treatment including physical therapy, epidural injection at the site of the nerve root irritation, and bracing as needed for pain ... Read More
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A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Dowling
39 years experience in Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Yes : Yes and is generally very beneficial for either or both conditions as is lifestyle issues like weight control, not smoking and regular exercise.
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A female asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
27 years experience in Ophthalmology
Could look vey real: Physical therapy helps to strengthen the supporting joint muscles which it will lead to better joint support. In addition, exercise and healthy diet w ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience in Rheumatology
Yes and no: Scoliosis and osteoarthritis, including degenerative discs, are related. Fibromyalgia is not directly related to the other issues.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
30 years experience in Family Medicine
Yes: Degenerative disc disease (ddd) and arthritis are very similar, and often are considered the same. Arthritis, however, is a broader term that can incl ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
39 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
Exercise: Exercise. Regular aerobic exercise, 30 minutes at least three days a week can reduce pain. Strengthen your core muscles (back and tummy). Physical the ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience in Rheumatology
Nothing: There is no cure for degenerative arthritis of the spine, natural or otherwise.
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Adam Lewis
34 years experience in Neurosurgery
Disc herniation: The disc between two vertebrae is made of outer annulus and an inner pulposis. When there is a tear in the annulus some of the pulposis can squeeze ou ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Justin Esterberg
23 years experience in Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Depends: The answer depends on the anatomy of the problem and of course the symptoms present. Many people have degenerative discs and live pain free. Fusion ... Read More
A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert German
25 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
Multi joint pain: i would first see a rheumatologist to evaluate you for a potential inflammatory arthritic process.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Tomasello
29 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
See below: Unfortunately our backs start degenerating in our late teens. Strengthening the core abdominal muscles, and back muscles . Using proper body mechanics ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Vaught
27 years experience in Neurosurgery
Yes: Physical therapy, cervical traction, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, chiropractic care, cervical epidural steroid injections are common o ... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Foead Geula
16 years experience in Anesthesiology
Many: Treatment for symptomatic degenerative disc disease and disc herniations depends on the severity of your symptoms. If you don't have any neurologic d ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Washburn
19 years experience in Family Medicine
Not really: I wouldn't say the terms are interchangeable, but certainly degenerative disc disease can be seen as disc space narrowing as described on xrays and ot ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience in Neurology
Wear and tear: Since we are bipeds and walk upright, our discs support a great deal of pressure. Over time the support fibers (annulous fibrosis) may fray or split ... Read More
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
48 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
Possible: Loss of calcium and bone density. With continued loss of fat in the stool, calcium and vitamin d may be lost in excessive amounts. This may result in ... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
28 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
See below : Lumbar spondylysis just essentially refers to the development of degernerstive changes within the spine. A herniated disc is a condition in which a p ... Read More

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