What is Degenerative Disc Disease?
Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD) is all part of the natural ageing process. Sometimes, the normal changes that occur in your discs cause you pain. These processes may not cause you any pain, but they can be painful for many people.
Think of your discs as shock absorbers. They are in between the vertebrae in your spine. It’s because of these that your back retains its flexibility.
When you are young, the spinal discs consist mainly of water. As you grow older, our discs will lose water and so get thinner. When this happens, your discs are not so able to absorb shocks.
Loss of water means that your vertebrae are not as well cushioned as they were. If you have back pain it could be that you have DDD.
Some symptoms of Degenerative Disc Disease
Common symptoms of DDD are the following:
- pain in your upper thighs, lower back and buttocks
- pain that is intermittent. This pain can range from mildly irritating to severe.
- the pain might last for a few months or, if you are lucky, it will only last for a few days.
- Most often the pain will be worse when you sit, and better when you are mobile.
- It will probably feel worse if you twist, lift or bend.
- It will probably get better when you move your position or when you lie down.
- You may get a feeling of numbness or experience a tingling sensation.
- If your leg muscles start to weaken, it could be that damaged discs are putting pressure on the nerves close to your spine
Sometimes, disc and spinal problems are genetic, so your doctor will ask if there is a history of these problems in your family. Your mother and father may not have had such problems, but another relative from further back in your family may have had.
How to treat DDD
Doctors sometimes suggest that you undergo surgery, such as having a laminectomy or discectomy. However, our clients repeatedly tell us that surgery did not help them with their lower back pain.
Doctors often prescribe painkillers or steroid injections which ease pain and swelling as well as inflammation. However, prolonged use of either is not recommended.
One of the best things that you can do is to exercise. Do bending and stretching exercises, but don’t overdo them.
Apart from exercising and walking, you could try our back-support belts, our chair supports and most especially our backrack. Our products have been designed with people with back issues in mind. Our designers are all Harley Street spine specialist with 45 years clinical experience.
Why not contact us by email. on our website or by phone and let us talk to you about what you can do to alleviate your pain? Our services are completely confidential. Why not contact us right now?