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Degenrative Disc Disease
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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Which excercises are helpfull or ok to carry out without harming myself since I have lumbar disc degenrative disease(l3-l4, l4-l5, l5-s1) with sciatica?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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