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Possible to Reverse Degenerative Disc Disease?

mrredmmrred Posts: 12
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:42 AM in Degenerative Disc Disease
I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this but is there anything that can be done to either reverse or retard degenerative disc disease?



  • Did you have a chance to read the articles on DDD on this website?


    I think this states it well:

    "Part of the confusion probably comes from the term "degenerative", which implies to most people that the symptoms will get worse with age. The term applies to the disc degenerating, but does not apply to the symptoms. While it is true that the disc degeneration is likely to progress over time, the low back pain from degenerative disc disease usually does not get worse and in fact usually gets better over time.

    Another source of confusion is probably created by the term "disease", which is actually a misnomer. Degenerative disc disease is not really a disease at all, but rather a degenerative condition that at times can produce pain from a damaged disc."

    You can not really reverse DDD but you can make lifestyle changes that can protect your spine and to keep it from getting a lot worse.

    Again, the articles in the DDD section will show you exercises to strengthen the area, tips for learning new body mechanics, etc. It is a matter of trying to prevent further deterioration or from injuring another segment of the spine.

    Even though you haven't had surgery you have probably read on the board or seen "NO BLT's" as we remind one another. This means no bending or twisting at the waist, watch how much you lift and HOW you lift it, etc. You need to really clean up your act, so to speak. Learn to watch your posture at all times. Read up on ergonomics and body mechanics so you are not causing more stress on the discs. Lose weight, if needed. Drink plenty of water. You cannot really re-moisturize discs if they are drying out...but you may be able to keep them from getting worse.

    There is lots of information on this topic on the internet. Do some research and then apply what makes sense to you.

    Hope this helps.
  • well, been in pain lower back and legs for about 18 months. was told in January have to have Surgery which includes screws and rods. L5/S1 i think, not be till about June 2010 can anyone advise on surgery etc, i'm bricking it.
  • Post has been deleted. It had no connection or relationship to what this thread was about. In addition, it was a form of solicitation

    Ron DiLauro, Spine-Health System Administrator 06/24/11
  • allen123 said:
    A nurse assistant must have a strong grasp of emergency procedures and be able to stay calm in stressful situations. They must be able to initiate a Code Blue and be certified in CPR.

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
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