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How long do I wear a lumbar support belt if I am using one for degenrative disc disease of lumbar discs?

How long do I wear a lumbar support belt if I am using one for degenrative disc disease of lumbar discs?

Short duration: It depends on your symptoms and what you do on a daily basis (e.g. Exertional sports or laborious job duties, etc). In general, we do not recommend excessive or prolonged use of back braces/belts as there is potential for deconditioning of the spine muscles (which should be strengthened). However, in some cases where you can't get away from heavy duty work, it can be a short term option. ...Read more

Dr. Bahman Omrani
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Degenerative Disc Disease (Definition)

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, ...Read more


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Is it good to wear lumbar support belt for my lumbar degenrative disc disease? I have had contradictory advice on this matter.

Is it good to wear lumbar support belt for my lumbar degenrative disc disease? I have had contradictory advice on this matter.

Lumbar disease: The best treatment is to work on the core muscles, and train your body to maintain better posture. Alexander technique is one of the programs that works on posture and alignment of the spine. The lumbar belt is more for support, but does not help to attain proper alignment. Good luck. ...Read more

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Degenrative disc disease & facet joint arthropathy, what to do?

Degenrative disc disease & facet joint arthropathy, what to do?

Exercise: Exercise. Regular aerobic exercise, 30 minutes at least three days a week can reduce pain. Strengthen your core muscles (back and tummy). Physical therapy can guide you in these. A rehabilitation specialist or spinal specialist can also guide you. ...Read more

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How do I know I am walking with correct posture for degenrative disc disease of lumbar spine?

How do I know I am walking with correct posture for degenrative disc disease of lumbar spine?

REALLY?: Are you sure you have ddd at your age? If you really do, a physical therapist or chiropracyor may help with exercises and posture. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is degenerative disc disease?

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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Can I have degenerative disc disease?

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 close togeather at any level and are there bony overgrowths seen like in this photo ? This is the lumbar spine (low back). ...Read more

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What causes degenerative disc disease?

What causes degenerative disc disease?

Genetics: In a research study started in 1991 and published in 2009 (the spine journal 9 pg. 47-59), identical and nonidentical twins were longitudinally studied. Twins had widely differing levels of risk factors (activity, smoking, occupation) thought to cause ddd. This study showed that there is a strong genetic component to ddd and that external risk factors previously belived to be important, were not. ...Read more

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What happens with degenerative disc disease?

What happens with degenerative disc disease?

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 ultimately end with need for surgical intervention. ...Read more

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Who is at risk for degenerative disc disease?

Everybody!: Unfortunately, as we age, everyone is at risk for degenerative disc disease. However, the risk is higher in individuals with the following: 1. Smoking 2. Obesity 3. High demand jobs involving a lot of vibration, repetitive bending, or lifting (such as truck drivers, construction workers, jobs involving frequent heavy lifting, etc.) 4. Genetic tendency in families 5. Trauma. ...Read more

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