- 27 October 2018
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Degenerative Disc Disease – An Overview
Most of you might have experienced pain in your lower back, buttocks and even your thighs. This pain comes and goes and can get worse when you sit. While some of you might regard this as back pain, these symptoms might showcase that you have a Degenerative Disc Disease.
What is Degenerative Disc Disease?
When the normal changes that take place in the disks of your spine cause pain, it is known as Degenerative Disc Disease.
Your disks in the spine act like shock absorbers between the vertebrae of your spine. Their main function is to help your back flexible, in order to bend and twist. As you age, these discs can show signs of wear and tear by beginning to break down and might not work as they used to.
Causes of degenerative Disc Disease:
Dryness: Your disc is predominently made of water. However as you age, they eventually lose the water and get thinner. As the discs lose water and get flatter they are not able to absorb shocks as they used to. Due to the water loss, this cushion of protection is lost which can lead to problems in your spine that might cause pain.
Crack: Everyday movements and various other injuries over the years to the spine can cause tiny tears in the outer wall of the discs, which contains nerves. The tears near the nerves can get painful.
Symptoms of Degenerative Disc Disease:
If you are suffering from a sharp or constant pain in your back and neck. Your symptoms depend on where the weak disk is and other changes it has caused.
Common signs include pain that:
- Is in your neck, shoulders, lower back, buttocks, or upper thighs
- The pain comes and goes. It can be mild or severe, and can last for a few days to a few months.
- It gets worse when you sit, and the pain gets lesser when you move and walk.
- It will get worse when you bend, lift, or twist
Treating Degenerative Disc Disease:
Medication: Medications like NSAIDS which help reduce the inflammation. However, any kind of medication should be taken by prescription after consulting with your doctor.
Physical therapy: Specific exercises suggested by your doctor can make the muscles in your neck and back flexible and stronger as well and this in turn supports the spine.
Surgery: If either of these treatments don’t work, your doctor might resort to surgery as the last option of treatment.
When it comes to either of these treatments, it is important that you consult a doctor so that they are done in an efficient way. So if you are experiencing any of these symptoms, Visit Your Doctor or Visit Us at Sunshine Hospitals so we can help you live better.
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