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Disc Degeneration
« on: April 04, 2011, 07:02:31 PM »
What Sort Of Damage Is Done? 

Disc degeneration is a normal part of aging. As such we can all expect to suffer from some degree of it over time. When we overtax our backs by using improper lifting techniques or by standing on hard surfaces for long periods we can damage these discs much more quickly. This degeneration can be quite painful and may have an enormous impact of the sufferer’s quality of life. By living in a state of chronic pain you can see the effects on both your physical state of well-being as well as your mental well-being.

When you have trauma to your discs they may begin to dry out and lose their ability to cushion the vertebrae. Since there is very little blood supplying them they simply do not have the ability to repair themselves. Untreated, the resulting pain can radiate to other parts of the body including the thighs, buttocks, or hips. This pain may increase when you lift, sit, twist, or bend. So, what can be done to help treat degenerative disc pain?


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Re: Disc Degeneration
« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2011, 09:05:08 PM »
Hi Backcare 01,

I know this doesn't really answer your question but still some what relevant, there was an interesting article printed in the new england journal of medicine a while back where they selected 98 subjecst with NO back pain, and observed that over half of the test subjects turned out to have either herniated discs, spondylolysis, spondylolisthesis or stenosis of the spine (disc degeneration) If disc degeneration was a major component of back pain why wouldn't the majority or at least some of these people have back pain? Perhaps disc degeneration is just a coincidence when it comes to back pain? It would of been interesting if they looked at other factors such as muscles/soft tissue, diet and overall lifestyle.


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