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.
Low back injuries often restrict movement and lead to the weakening of low back muscles. Exercise balls are a great option for a gentle core-strengthening program that can stabilize the muscles surrounding the spine and help prevent future injury.