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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience 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 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Weisman
35 years experience 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 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience 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 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Seth Zeidman
32 years experience 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 94-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
51 years experience Ophthalmology
A sequence: Degenerative discs leak fluid which sets up a significant inflammation with pain and sometimes dysfunction of sensory and functional nerves. Treatmen ... Read More
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A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Estrada Bernard
37 years experience Neurosurgery
Postural: Exercises designed to condition the muscles that maintain good posture. A physical therapist or physiatrist may suggest the best ones for you.
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bruce Rothschild
47 years experience 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Arthritis vrs aging: Degenerative joint disease is an outdated term for osteoarthritis of peripheral joints.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 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
48 years experience 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 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
Nothing: There is no cure for degenerative arthritis of the spine, natural or otherwise.
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Newton
18 years experience Pain Management
Yes: Yes.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tibor Becske
30 years experience Neurology
Unlikely: It depends on your job and on your discs. We all will have disc disease as we get middle aged or older. To what extent a job contributes is hard to kn ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Vaught
27 years experience Neurosurgery
Yes: Physical therapy, cervical traction, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, chiropractic care, cervical epidural steroid injections are common o ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Vaught
27 years experience Neurosurgery
Yes: Working with a chiropractor is a common conservative treatment option. Check out spine-health.Com.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Karl Schultz
28 years experience Neurosurgery
YES: Degenerative disk "disease" is a misnomer. This is not a disease but rather describes the normal age related processes that occur to our disks. These ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chittur Ananthakrishnan
53 years experience Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
Sometimes: Back manipulation provide some benefits especially if the problems are due to to facet joint disease.
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Adam Lewis
34 years experience 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 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience Neurology
Susceptibility: There are some who have early degenerative arthritis in their families, and others whose work causes excessive wear and tear, such as heavy constructi ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Justin Esterberg
23 years experience 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 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Qamar Khan
16 years experience Pain Management
Hard to say: Depends on a lot and what you do for a living. Being disabled means you cannot do anything else as an occupation since the only ability you had was t ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience Neurology
Rapid progression: When pain becomes unmanageable, and there is progressive loss of strength and sensation, and a risk to bladder function occurs, there is little hesita ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Foead Geula
16 years experience 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 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bettina Herbert
19 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
It may be: Be sure you find a good teacher and discuss your issue beforehand. I like anusara yoga because of all the verbal cuing. Also try osteopathic manipula ... Read More
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rahul Banerjee
21 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Disability : The question of disability is a difficult one. Disability is determined not by a specific disease, but instead by what a patient is able or unable to ... Read More
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