How to Treat Degenerative Disc Disease?

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Your doctor may recommand suitable treatment plan to you depending on your symptoms and conditions. Treatment options may include:
  • Medication.
Over-the-counter pain relievers like aspirin and ibuprofen can help fight inflammation. They can ease your pain and lessen swelling.
  • Physical therapy.
Specific movements make the muscles in your neck and back stronger and more flexible. This supports the spine.
  • Steroid shots.
These have strong medications to ease pain, swelling, and inflammation.
  • Surgery
If other treatments don't work, your doctor may recommend surgery, such as a discectomy or an artificial disk .   Keywords: treat degenerative disc disease; degenerative disc disease treatment.   ,
I have,severe, chronic, debilitating low back pain. Due to Degenerative disc disease. I can hardly walk, and the continuous pain is unbearable. How will physical therapy heal my diseased discs, ans relieve my pain, and improve my quality of life?
Prior to starting a new exercise program, it is always advisable for patients to first see a spine specialist who is trained in developing individualized back exercise programs and in instructing patients in using the correct form and technique for each exercise. Low back pain exercise regimens will vary widely depending on the patient's diagnosis and level of pain.
 
Some of the stretching exercises below may help alleviate low back pain.

Hamstring stretches. Researchers have noted a link between tight hamstrings (the large muscles in the back of the thigh) and low back pain, although it's not yet understood which way the causal relationship flows. However, it is known that hamstring tightness limits motion in the pelvis and can place it in a position that increases stress across the low back. Hamstring stretches often help ease the intensity of low back pain and the frequency of recurrences. There are a variety of hamstring stretching techniques that are gentle on the low back, such as sitting on a chair and placing one's leg on another chair to gently stretch the hamstring.

Psoas major muscle stretching exercise. A tight psoas major muscle (in the front of the lower spine) also limits low back movement. This muscle can be stretched by kneeling on one knee and rotating the leg outward, tightening the gluteal muscles on the side being stretched, and leaning forward through the hip joint (rather than bending through the lumbar spine). A stretch should be felt in the front of the hip that the patient is kneeling on.For the mechanical instability, dynamic lumbar stabilization exercises for patients with degenerative disc disease can help stabilize the spinal segments. Good muscular control of the spine can help compensate for a degenerated disc and reduce both instability and pain. Focusing on training the lumbar extensor muscles is most important.

These exercises, which are best learned with a physical therapist, consist of the following:
1. Finding the position the spine is most comfortable in (neutral spine)
2. Educating the back muscles to keep the spine in the neutral position
3. Maintaining the neutral position through a series of movements that apply more and more degrees of freedom of motion.
4. Dynamic lumbar stabilization exercises are commonly prescribed for reducing sciatica-type pain from degenerative disc disease, or pain that radiates into the buttock and/or down the back of the leg.
5. Low-Impact Aerobic Conditioning

Finally, aerobic exercises that get the heart rate up and the blood flowing, but do so without jarring the spine, are very important for both rehabilitation and maintenance of the lower back. Aerobically fit patients will have fewer episodes of low back pain, and will experience less pain when an episode occurs. Patients with chronic low back pain who do not work on aerobic conditioning are more likely to gradually lose their ability to perform everyday activities.

Examples of low-impact aerobic exercises that are gentle on the low back include:
1. Water exercises (also called pool therapy or aquatic therapy)
2. Stationary exercise biking
3. Exercise walking (including walking on a treadmill)
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Where are the exercises for degenerative discs
In my experience, dancing, yoga, stretch, pilates, they all work. I personally prefer dancing and yoga.
For me butterfly exercises are the best.  Sit with soles of feet together on a mat.  While holding onto your feet with both hands, stretch forward, inch by inch, until you are directly facing your feet about three or four inches away or closer if you can manage.  Hold that pose for a very slow count to thirty.  Repeat two more times.  In between you can pull your knees up to your chest while on your back and hold to a count of thirty.  Flatten your spine to the count of thirty by lying on your back and holding your feet together from behind the feet while holding knees apart. Count to thirty.  Also use stretch bands to pump legs out straight as possible while holding taut with hands, thirty times x 2.
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