Could severe cervical degenerative disc disease cause or contribute to TMJ?

Don't see how. Although the same degenerative processes (arthritis) that lead to cervical degeneration can also affect the temporomandibular joint itself and cause erosion etc. I see no cause effect between the two. In fact, the latest partyline on what CAUSES TMJ is "We don't know." BTW, TMJ is the abbreviation for the jaw JOINT. TMJ disorder or TMD is the actual DISEASE category and condition.

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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?

Walking . A walking program with a gradual increase in your walking speed and distance would be a good place to start. Water exercise would also be a good option. Read more...
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...

What are some treatment options for cervical degenerative disc disease?

Meds/Shots/Surgery. First line--medications (advil, aleve, (naproxen) etc.--avoid opiates if you can!) as needed for pain relief, ergonomic adjustments at work (good seating posture/distance from computer, etc.), gentle neck exercises. Second-line: steroid+/- Lidocaine injections for pain not controlled with medications. These injections last from a few weeks to several months. Third line: neck surgery. The results are mixed! Read more...

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...

Would I have to wear a neck brace if I had surgery for cervical degenerative disc disease? I am just trying to figure out if I want the surgery

There . There is some variation on the usage of neck braces from doctor to doctor. Surgery at 1 disk level may not require a neck brace, surgery at 2 levels usually requires a brace and surgery at 3 or more levels requires a brace. Good luck! Read more...

Are there any non-invasive treatment for cervical herniated discs (degenerative disc disease)?

Yes. Physical therapy, cervical traction, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, chiropractic care, cervical epidural steroid injections are common options. Check out spine-health.Com. Read more...