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How Do I Get Pain Relief From A Degenerative Disc
Lifestyle change : Usually, it involves a more active attempt to exercise regularly, weight control and smoking cessation if these are factors. If the back pain is the type that is worse with activity and certain positions and better with rest and changing positions. Sometimes, over the counter medications like ibuprophen can help. You may need an evaluation for a diagnosis and then physical therapy to get going. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Lifestyle change : Usually, it involves a more active attempt to exercise regularly, weight control and smoking cessation if these are factors. If the back pain is the type that is worse with activity and certain positions and better with rest and changing positions. Sometimes, over the counter medications like ibuprophen can help. You may need an evaluation for a diagnosis and then physical therapy to get going. ...Read more
See below: • pain medication. • chiropractic manipulation. • epidural injections. An epidural injection into the spine delivers steroids that can provide low back pain relief by decreasing inflammation in the painful area. • tens units. These devices deliver mild electrical stimulation that overrides the painful signals sent to the lower back. • ultrasound. • massage. ...Read more
TENS: Tens unit can help with superficial pain. With degeneration of the spine, usually people have arthritis of the spine as well, which in turn can lead to muscle spasms for which TENS would be very useful. It does not affect the degeneration directly. Hope this information helps you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
TENS: YES - its worth a try as it can work quite well. ...Read more
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?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I have degenerative disc disease with spurs in my back and neck. Do you think i'll be in much pain the older I get?
Is there any where apart from the back to get injections for sciatica pain n degenerative disc in the lower back?
What is the source?: Sciatica is commonly caused by a disk protrusion in the lower back in a young person. There are other less common causes such as piriformis syndrome (hip area). While a lumbar epidural steroid injection in the lower back can help if a disk is pressing on the nerve there. It is not going to help if the cause of the sciatica is somewhere else. MRI and examination can help pin point the cause. ...Read more
I have Degenerative disc disease with two bulging docs in my neck C4 c5. Will it get worse. What can I do to keep it from getting worse.? Help pain?
Degenerative Discs: All of our tissues undergo degenerative changes as we age and this discs between our vertebrae are no exception. I wonder why we refer to degenerative discs as a "disease". We don't refer to wrinkles on our face as "degenerative skin disease" or grey hair as "degenerative hair disease". That said, degenerative discs can be a source of pain. If an anti-inflammatory doesn't resolve it see your dr ...Read more
I have degenerative disc diese. Dr wants me to get a epidural steroid injections. It all started with a tkr surgery, pain for 6 months. In knee, leg, ank?
A recent study showed that in a hospitalized group of patients it was not the actual degree of pain relief that determined patient satisfaction. It was the perceived concern on the part of the heath care providers and their attempts to alleviate the degree of pain that mattered. Even ...Read more
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