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What exercises recommended for cervical degenerative disc disease?

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

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

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

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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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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