Active exercise is a natural stimulus for the healing process—but it must be done in a controlled, gradual, and progressive manner. Movement keeps the discs, muscles, ligaments, and joints in the spine healthy.
Pain from degenerative disc disease can be debilitating, but you have options. Exercise, over-the-counter pain medications, lifestyle changes, and surgery are all valid ways to control degenerative disc disease pain.
There is a wide range of back problems—from simple to chronic—and the one thing almost all of them have in common is that part of the long-term treatment involves exercise and fitness. A good exercise routine is key to reducing your chances of recurring pain.
If your pain is ongoing, you may be treated as if your pain is greatly exaggerated. Or you may have secondary complications such as disuse syndrome. Learn about these and other important considerations that often accompany chronic pain.
While neck pain can be caused by conditions such as a herniated disc or cervical stenosis, it may also be the result of small injuries to the muscles, tendons, and ligaments of the cervical spine. Follow these 10 tips to protect your neck from the daily strains and injuries you're most susceptible to.