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Doctor insights on: Back Disc Degeneration

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Can you get surgery to fix degeneration in the disc space in your lower back?

Can you get surgery to fix degeneration in the disc space in your lower back?

No: There is no current way of fixing the degeneration that occurs with time in your spine. Hence, spine surgery should be tailored to your symptoms. If you have minimal back and no leg symptoms, you should not have surgery to "fix" the pictures. Even patients with lots of degeneration & back pain are best undertake weight loss &core strengthening instead of surgery. ...Read more

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Can disc degeneration in my neck cause severe elbow and back pain (no numbing or tingling, just achy, throbbing pain) I do have appt to see an ortho?

Can disc degeneration in my neck cause severe elbow and back pain (no numbing or tingling, just achy, throbbing pain) I do have appt to see an ortho?

Absolutely: It can, and it sounds like you're on the right track with that oath appointment. Hope you start feeling better! ...Read more

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I am diagnosed with disc degeneration in c6-c7, l4, l5, and sacrum.. I am 14 weeks pregnant. Is it safer to opt for cesarian . Hav severe back pain ?

I am diagnosed with disc degeneration in c6-c7, l4, l5, and sacrum..
I am 14 weeks pregnant. Is it safer to opt for cesarian . Hav severe back pain 
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No: Preservation of the abdominal wall muscles will help to protect your lower back especially if you exercise. There is no reason based on your description why u cannot have a natural delievery. ...Read more

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What is a good treatment for lower back disk degeneration?

Depends on symptoms: There is no specific therapy for "disk degeneration" since many with this finding have no pain or symptoms. But some do and the treatment would depend on your specific symptoms and objective findings. Specific strengthening exercises, physical therapy, maintaining an ideal body weight and bone health, not smoking and positive thinking can be generally recommended. ...Read more

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I have lower back pain that shoots to my right hip and my right side of the abdomen,doctor said degenaration of disk, can i travel in bus?

I have lower back pain that shoots to my right hip and my right side of the abdomen,doctor said degenaration of disk, can i travel in bus?

Yes: You should plan to stretch every 30 minutes or so and try to keep your knees higher than your hips by putting your feet on a foot support while seated. Strengthen your core, lose weight if heavy, and consider a lumbar support during the drive. ...Read more

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I have mild disc degeneration. Any recommendations for a new bed?

I have mild disc degeneration. Any recommendations for a new bed?

Start with firm flat: We spend a great deal of our life in bed. Any one with back pain should take great care in selecting their surface to sleep on. If what you have doesn't help. Keep looking. ...Read more

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Is it possible to prevent disc degeneration?

Is it possible to prevent disc degeneration?

No: Disc degeneration occurs naturally, and there may be genetic associations to this occurance. Injuries may also cause the start of the degeneration. The best advice is a good lumbar core exercise program for a healthy back, but there is no prevention of this condition (not even vitamins, nutriceuticals, etc.). ...Read more

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