U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
Canada
A 30-year-old male asked:

Prominent disc space narrowing, bulges, and mild degenerative changes throughout lumbar spine for some years. spinal decompression? best opinions pls!

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 31 years experience
Spinal decompression: Remember, any changes that occur with traction are temporary. Once normal weight bearing is restored, all changes revert to pre-traction state. Inversion tables do exactly the same thing for about $250 total vs. Around $200 per treatment with traction. So if it feels good, it sure beats popping pills! consider a mckenzie pt, or pilates/yoga/piyo as preventative. And don't smoke--accelerates ddd.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Dr. Ari Ben-Yishay
36 years experience
Physical therapy: Multi level disc problems best treated conservatively. Surgery not a great idea for back pain without leg pain.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.

Similar questions

Canada
A 30-year-old male asked:

Prominent disc space narrowing and mild degenerative changes throughout lumbar spine for some years. Could spinal decompression cure, what is best?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 41 years experience
There is no cure for: This degeneration which occurs in all but accelerated by genetic or family history, by obesity as well as by smoking. So, to minimize symptoms, stay trim, don't smoke and get in shape with regular core strengthening, stretching and cardiovascular exercise. Otc meds may help if no reasons medically not to use them. A back support may also provide relief and a cheaper solution is inversion table.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Last updated Jun 26, 2019
Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.