Curing Degenerative Disc Disorder

Strategies to Beat Degenerative Disc Disorder

Degenerative disc disorder is the leading cause of back pain in younger adults.

The disease produces painful flare-ups that meet the criteria for a chronic pain disorder – often persisting throughout an individual’s lifetime. Especially if left untreated.

There are a variety of treatment options available today, however. Every person is unique, so treatments that work for one individual may not work for another. In this article, we take a look at some of the leading strategies to help mitigate and potentially cure the pain of a degenerative disc disorder.

Natural Treatments for Degenerative Disc Disorders

Acupressure massage, acupuncture, herbal pain relievers and biofeedback practices are among some of the most popular alternative treatment options for degenerative disc disorder.

 Typically alternative, or as they are also known, naturopathic, treatments are considered safe and usually side-effect free alternatives to traditional Western medicine. 

Alternative Degenerative Disc Treatments

Physical Therapy for Disc Disorders

This is the leading treatment option usually prescribed to people suffering from degenerative disc disease. It is typically the first course of action and physical therapists can often be highly effective treatment options. They usually run you through a series of stretches and exercises in their offices and provide you with a range of exercises that you can do on your own.

Consult with your primary care physician to receive a reference for a quality practitioner. It’s also important to consult with your insurance company to make sure that you are covered for any medical expenses you incur.

Chiropractic Care for Degenerative Discs

Chiropractors are experts at spinal manipulation. They can work to reposition your spine while avoiding directly impacting the afflicted area.

Chiropractors can be a great complement to alternative and physical therapy treatment. As with physical therapy, make sure that you consult your primary care physician before working with a chiropractor to alleviate the pain associated with degenerative disc disorder.

Medication for Degenerated Discs

Medicating the problem is another popular solution particularly in Western medicine. Your doctor may prescribe you anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxers and even anti-anxiety medications. Typical anti-inflammatories include Tylenol and Ibuprofen. It’s important to note that you really should not take anti-inflammatories for a prolonged period of time. They should really only be a stopgap measure while you attempt to treat the root cause of the pain.

Surgery for Degenerative Disc Conditions

In truly severe cases, surgery is used to fix the degenerated discs. As in most cases, doctors usually try to treat the pain through regimens of physical therapy and anti-inflammatories and Cortisone injections, but when all of those measures fail surgery is usually the last resort. When deciding on surgery, you really should consult a number of doctors before committing to any particular medical professional.

Do your research and make sure that you have exhausted all possible options before opting for surgery. There are many unfortunate cases where surgery actually worsens a person’s life. And many people do not take the time or put in the effort to truly investigate alternative remedies. However, if you are truly at wit’s end and need to have surgery, the invasive procedure can be a potential cure-all.

Home Remedies for Degenerated Discs

As always, there are a number of treatments but you can perform while at home that will not further aggravate your condition if performed with care.

  • Try using a support brace to help keep your back straight.
  • Take notice of when painful flareups occur and plan ahead to avoid those situations.
  • Be mindful of your posture and always try to stand erect.
  • Always take the time to rest. Listen to your body- it’s important to appropriately respond when you feel pain because your body is trying to tell you to take it easy.
  • Try using hot and cold packs.
  • Consider purchasing a tens stimulator. While they do not work for everybody, they are relatively cheap and can potential he be a means of temporarily alleviating pain.

Summary

While this can be an obstinate chronic pain condition, degenerative disc disorder can be treated and cured. If you are one of the unfortunate many that are afflicted with this disorder, make sure that you stay in regular communication with your primary care physician as you attempt to treat it. Make sure that you exhaust all possible options before resorting to surgery. An integrative approach is typically best- one that combines physical therapy, chiropractic care, massage, and natural anti-inflammatories like fish oil.

That said, we are not so obtuse that we would dismiss the efficacy of a surgical intervention.

 

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