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Doctor insights on: Non Surgical Ways Treating Degenerative Disc Disease

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Is non-surgical spinal decompression a good option for 70 yr old male 300 lbs, 5'10" with degenerative disc disease?

Is non-surgical spinal decompression a good option for 70 yr old male 300 lbs, 5'10" with degenerative disc disease?

Hard to say: In general, the biggest concern I have given the information provided is your weight, which is likely causing chronic injury to your low back and could be leading to the degenerative disc changes you mention. Non-surgical decompression can be very helpful, but I would combine this with significant weight loss (target weight ...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 disc herniation and degenerative disc disease. What do you think about surgery at 70?

I have disc herniation and degenerative disc disease. What do you think about surgery at 70?

Back Pain Options: This back pain as you suggested is the result of an irritated nerve or facet joints or other injury typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease, etc requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist and may be candidate for facet injections/radiofrequency ablation and epidural steroid injection. Surgery can be avoided. ...Read more

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When is surgery needed for degenerative disc disease?

When is surgery needed for degenerative disc disease?

Rapid progression: When pain becomes unmanageable, and there is progressive loss of strength and sensation, and a risk to bladder function occurs, there is little hesitation, but if one has merely a radiological disc lesion, it may well shrink and dessicate in about 8-9 months, and surgery is not necessary. ...Read more

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Besides surgery, is there a way to treat degenerative disc disease?

Besides surgery, is there a way to treat degenerative disc disease?

Yes: Surgery is reserved for the most severe cases of patients with pain and disability. The majority of people with ddd can control it with non-operative treatments such as medication, exercise, and occasionally spinal injections. There is nothing one can do however to reverse the disc degeneration itself. ...Read more

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When can I start weight lifting again after degenerative disc disease surgery? Thanks in advance :)

When can I start weight lifting again after degenerative disc disease surgery? Thanks in advance :)

Maybe : This is something you need to discuss with your physician. There are obviously risks and some the answer depends on your general health ...Read more

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I have degenerative disc disease in all five of the lumbar discs. Is surgery an option with so many discs needing repair?

I have degenerative disc disease in all five of the lumbar discs.  Is surgery an option with so many discs needing repair?

Disks do not need-: -anything unless U have symptoms that mirror Ur MRI findings. Then U should consult a fellowship trained spine surgeon. ...Read more

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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? .

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?

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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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Intractible sciatic pain degenerative disc disease surgery or no surgery?

Intractible sciatic pain degenerative disc disease surgery or no surgery?

Surgery if severe: Sciatica is caused by degenerative discs or joints impinging upon the nerves within the spine. If best medical management is not successful, consultation with a surgeon is recommended. Surgical decompression, allows the nerves to heal and for the severe leg pain of sciatica to be relieved. Each case must be carefully evaluated to make the best recommendation. ...Read more

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I had an MRI done and the dr said that I have degenerative disc disease in my 5th and 6th vertabrae. Would surgery be required?

You had back: Pain, and you didn't relate if there is neurologic isues of numbness, weakness in arms (if cervical) or lower extremity (if thoracic). You need to ask a neurosurgeon the benefit and liability of surgical procedure. ...Read more

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I have degenerative disc disease(L4,L5) at a younger age.Are people like me still walking and functional when older(50s)? Would I need surgery later?

I have degenerative disc disease(L4,L5) at a younger age.Are people like me still walking and functional when older(50s)? Would I need surgery later?

Of course: You can be healthy and functional. You need to be proactive and take care of yourself. Good nutrition, keep the weight off, good body mechanics, keep exercising, especially back strengthening and core. There is no reason that you can't be physically active and healthy long long long into the future! Good luck ...Read more

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