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Where Are The Discs In Your Back
Not clear: Were you asking about 'best' meds? If so, please read on. There are no best medicines for the condition. Everyone reacts to medicine differently. Sometimes the doctor may prescribe nerve pain medication like amitriptyline or gabapentin in conjunction with anti-inflammatory drugs and some type of pain reliever. Non medical treatment can be useful also, such as physical therapy or spine injection. ...Read more
I am having problem s with my back I think it is a disc problem .it hurts when bending or working .what can be done so I can keep working as landscap?
You need: an evaluation by a spine specialist ....and Physical therapy to strengthen the :paraspinal" MUSCLES on either side of your back bones (vertebrae) so you can do your job without pain. Ask your Primary Care Provider (PCP) for a referral. Where are you located??? Hope this helps Dr Z ...Read more
Do exercise balls help build strength in back if you have disc issues and cant do impact exercise?
Core strength/stabil: Sitting on an exercise ball can help improve core strength & stability. Check out http://www.gearfire.net/10-reasons-to-use-an-exercise-ball-as-your-chair/, http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/reaping-the-benefits-of-using-an-exercise-ball.html & http://www.popsugar.com/fitness/Health-Benefits-Sitting-Exercise-Ball-20350907 for common themes of benefit. ...Read more
Best way to look after back I'm doing 3 days a week weights and one day core I have massage each week to hard ones OK massages won't damage disc?
Probably not: It would take brutally aggressive massage to injury a spinal discs. The discs are in between the bones in your spine. And there is no access to them from the back, because they are protected by the posterior spine bone structure. That said, massage can make you sore if it's aggressive. You should seehow it goes and whether you're overall feeling better with the massage over time. ...Read more
No: Cracking one's back serves no benefit and causes no issues. ...Read more
I've had degenerative disc diease for over 10yrs. I'm now 37. Is it common for a woman my age to have such problems with my back?
It is not rare: Disk degeneration is common. It has a large genetic component: it runs in families. It can show up early, even in adolescents. All degeneration is not painful. In some folks, it is part of the aging process and should not be called a disease. In others, there are symptoms, and it is called a disease.Things like smoking, excess weight, physical inactivity, heavy physical labor, depression worsen it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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