This Blog Covers:
- Degenerative disc disease is a progressive condition that can cause immense pain and hinder a person’s quality of life.
- Although interventional pain care and minimally invasive surgery are two of the best ways to treat this condition, there are conservative therapies that can slow the disease’s progression.
- In this blog, the spine specialists at American Spine explain how patients can prevent degenerative disc disease from getting worse.
Degenerative disc disease can be a pain in the neck and back, literally. Although this condition is progressive and can really only be treated through minimally invasive surgery, there are conservative and interventional pain care options capable of controlling symptoms and slowing the disease’s progression.
Exercise and Physical Therapy
One of the most effective ways to prevent degenerative disc disease from getting worse is to begin a strength training and cardio exercise regimen. It’s important for patients to understand, however, that an exercise program only preserves functionality. Exercise increases blood flow and oxygen to areas of the spine, aiding the transportation of essential nutrients. This is turn helps maintain flexibility and mobility, and the release of endorphins from your exercise program may reduce stress and pain.
Eating Healthy, Balanced Meals
Weight gain can do a number on the spine, especially to one that suffers from degenerative disc disease. Additional body weight puts excess pressure on delicate vertebrae, causing further damage. Eating healthy, balanced meals that aid bone health can do wonders for the strength and integrity of your spine. Moreover, drinking plenty of fluids can help keep spinal discs hydrated and limber.
Epidural Steroid Injections
Epidural steroid injections are a great way to reduce spinal pain and inflammation caused by degenerative disc disease. They can provide enough relief to either aid a physical therapy program, or provide relief for normal, daily activities. We recently wrote a blog about how epidural steroid injections are performed. Still, if the degeneration is particularly bad, spinal fusion surgery may be recommended for increased pain relief and function.
If you suffer from degenerative disc disease, call American Spine today! Our spine experts will talk you through the different treatment options available for your condition. We look forward to seeing you!
At American Spine, we are dedicated to treating chronic pain and spine conditions. Offering the latest in minimally invasive spine surgery and other effective treatment options, American Spine is the leading pain physician group of California. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call us at (951)-734-PAIN (7246).
The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.