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Dr. Lauren Elson
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I have chronic (hereditary) degenerative disc disease & in a lot of pain what exercises are recommended?

Dr. Lauren Elson
Board Certified, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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I have chronic (hereditary) degenerative disc disease & in a lot of pain what exercises are recommended?

See specialist: Make sure that your pain is from the "discs." most people with "degenerative discs" do not have pain. If the discs are causing pain, spinal stabilization exercises are helpful. Strengthening the hip abductors and extensors with appropriate hip flexor stretching is also often useful (a physical therapist can give you an individualized program). Walking or elliptical are good for cardio. ...Read more

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Exercise is physical activity, such as walking, running, swimming, biking, ...Read more


Dr. Estrada Bernard
Board Certified, Neurosurgery
33 years in practice
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What exercises recommended for cervical degenerative disc disease?

Dr. Estrada Bernard
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What exercises recommended for cervical degenerative disc disease?

Postural: Exercises designed to condition the muscles that maintain good posture. A physical therapist or physiatrist may suggest the best ones for you. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Board Certified, Orthopedic Spine Surgery
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What yoga poses should I avoid if I have been diagnosed as having degenerative disc disease?

Dr. Thomas Dowling
Board Certified, Orthopedic Spine Surgery
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What yoga poses should I avoid if I have been diagnosed as having degenerative disc disease?

None unless they: Aggravate your symptoms. Exercise in terms of flexibility, core strengthening and cardiovascular routines will help to control your symptoms along with lifestyle considerations like: adequate sleep, weight control , not smoking and good dietary intake of calcium and vitamin d. ...Read more

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Dr. Carl Spivak
Board Certified, Orthopedic Spine Surgery
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Are there any non-invasive treatments for degenerative disc disease? I want to avoid surgery as long as i can. Is there anything non-invasive that can give me relief from my degenerative disc disease? .

Dr. Carl Spivak
Board Certified, Orthopedic Spine Surgery
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Treatments : Treatments include: non-invasive - rest, activity modification, physical therapy, chiropractor, weight loss, medication minimally invasive - steroid injections, endoscopic spine surgery treating facet joints and disks (endoscopic rhizotomy and endoscopic discectomy), pain stimulators and pain pumps, weight loss procedures invasive - traditional lumbar discectomy, laminectomy and spinal fusion. Please see my health guides on endoscopic rhizotomy and discectomy. ...Read more

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I have severe osteoporosis -3.7, degenerative disc disease mainly cervical, and lymphadema in arm, what exercises are safe to do?

Dr. Lauren Elson
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I have severe osteoporosis -3.7, degenerative disc disease mainly cervical, and lymphadema in arm, what exercises are safe to do?

See physiatrist: A physiatrist, or doctor of physical medicine and rehabilitation, can make specific recommendations for you, taking into account both your other conditions and your goals. Upper extremity exercise used to be thought to be bad for those with lymphedema, but research has shown that it doesn't make it worse- and may help it! your physiatrist will likely have you work with pt to develop a program. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Inwood
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Dr. Paul Grin
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What can cause lumbar degenerative disc disease? Had no trauma, exercise 4-5 x/week (aerobics), don't smoke, healthy weight, eat well, no family hx

Dr. Paul Grin
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DDD: After the age of 35, the water and protein content of the cartilage of the body changes. this may cause the gradual deterioration of the disc between the vertebrae is referred to as degenerative disc disease. Usually a combination of treatments is used to help manage the disorder. Most patients treated with non-surgical treatments, but in some cases surgery is necessary. ...Read more

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Dr. Soren Singel
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What are the signs of a degenerative disc disease?

Dr. Soren Singel
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What are the signs of a degenerative disc disease?

Misnomer: For practical purposes, it's a misnomer describing an aging disc. It's like telling someone with wrinkles that she suffers from "degenerative skin disease". Radiologists love to use this term, so do busy spine surgeons. "disease" makes it sound like you urgently need a fusion or artificial disc implant. All our discs "degenerate" over time and most of us never have any trouble from that. ...Read more

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Dr. Dan Fisher
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What is degenerative disc disease?

Dr. Dan Fisher
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What is degenerative disc disease?

DDD: In short, it is normal wear and tear of the vertebrae and discs without evidence of a more precise pathology such as neural impingement , inflammation, spondylolisthesis, dish, etc. ...Read more

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Dr. James Bicos
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What is the definition or description of: degenerative disc disease?

Dr. James Bicos
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What is the definition or description of: degenerative disc disease?

When disks narrow: Degenerative disks are when the normal "spongy" architechture of the disks goes away. The disks normally are between the vertebre in your spine. So when the disks degenerate, you lose mobility and eventually the bones can touch together, which is very painful. Also when the disks degenerate, they can also herniate. ...Read more

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