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I've been diagnosed with degenerate disc in the thoracic area. I've tried chiropractor care, deep tissue massage and physical therapy. Still in pain.

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Dr. Laurence Badgley
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In brief: Second opinion

50y male has "Degenerative Disk Disease", DDD, "thoracic region".
DDD often diagnosis of convenience; taken from radiologist's report; in lieu of in-depth time-consuming physical examination. Chiropractors not licensed to diagnose nor prescribe. See licensed Osteopath or Physiatrist for differential diagnosis via sensitive hands-on physical exam. Imaging & blood test are minor diagnostic tools.

In brief: Second opinion

50y male has "Degenerative Disk Disease", DDD, "thoracic region".
DDD often diagnosis of convenience; taken from radiologist's report; in lieu of in-depth time-consuming physical examination. Chiropractors not licensed to diagnose nor prescribe. See licensed Osteopath or Physiatrist for differential diagnosis via sensitive hands-on physical exam. Imaging & blood test are minor diagnostic tools.
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Dr. Laurence Badgley
Chronic soft tissue pain is best diagnosed by the most sensitive medical tool, an experienced & wise Physician who uses his/her knowledge of anatomy & biomechanics, combined with sensitive touch, to satisfy the differential diagnosis. Evaluation of body tissues in real time, & as they function, provides essential & critical information; the purview of Osteopaths & Physiatrists.
Dr. Laurence Badgley
Degenerative Disk Disease, DDD, is structural change occurring within vertebral spine disks & which the world medical literature reports as a natural age-related occurrence that begins in the first part of life; is not usually a pain generator, & is commonly seen in non-pained persons. Often taken from radiology report & chosen by doctors as a fast & convenient way to "diagnose".
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