Treatment options may include:
- Changing positions (kneeling, reclining etc.)
- Corset or brace can offer support for the back
- Muscle relaxers
- Occupational therapy
- Physical therapy
- Special exercises
- Weight loss
Symptoms of Degenerative Disc Disease can include:
- Disc bulging
- Disc herniation
- Radiculopathy (nerve irritation)
- Pain radiating down the leg
Diagnostic tests include:
- Bone Scan
- Computed Tomography (CT) Scan
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Scan
- Physical Tests
Causes & contributing factors of Degenerative Disc Disease may include:
- Fluid loss in discs
- Physical trauma (e.g. falling)
- Repetitive movements
- Spinal disc tears and/or reduction in size
- Smoking and/or drug use
- Disc degeneration (deterioration) makes the disc more susceptible to herniation (rupture).
- With age progression, water and protein content changes in the body’s cartilage resulting in weaker and thinner cartilage.
- DDD usually occurs in the neck’s cervical spine and/or the lower back’s lumbar spine.
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