Degenerative disc disease primarily concerns a spinal disc, but will most likely impact other parts of the spine as well. Around 37% of the people aged 20 years have degenerative disc disease so its a quite a common disease. However, if the right diagnosis is not done and the disease is left untreated then it can become very problematic in the future.
Let’s find out what exactly happens when you have a degenerative disc. So our spine is made up of different bone structure and in between these vertebrae is spinal discs These discs are like shock absorbers between the vertebrae, or bones, of your spine. They help your back to stay flexible, so you can bend and twist. But as you get older, they can show signs of wear and tear. They begin to break down and may not work as well.
When the wear and tear of the disc happens, the bones start to close down the gap in between them leading to smaller space for the spinal nerves to pass through and also friction between the bones. This is called degenerative disc where you suffer pain from a degenerated discs in your spine.
- The drying out of the disc. When we are born, the disc is about 80 percent water. As we age, the disc dries out and doesn’t absorb shocks as well.
- Daily activities and sports, which cause tears in the outer core of the disc. By age 60, most people have some degree of disc degeneration. Not everyone at that age has back pain, however.
- Injuries, which can cause swelling, soreness, and instability. This can result in low back pain.
How can we prevent it?
Although you can’t completely prevent this disease because as we age our spinal discs start to lose water content and wear and tear, we can always take measures to slow down the process.
Firstly, we need to make sure that we are not rounding our spine when we are sitting or doing any other activities. Doing so puts pressure on our spinal discs and may lead to their wear and tear sooner.
Secondly, we need to engage ourselves in activities that prevent us from putting pressure on our spine such as walking, stretching, using ergonomics while using the computer, and so on. The idea is to bend through the hips when needed rather than bending from the spine.
Can herniated disc be treated?
Since your body can’t produce the jelly-like disc again, treatments often are targeted towards decreasing the pain and preventing the disc from further damage. There are lots of ways you can do that. You can go for medication and over-the-counter pain relievers like aspirin. You can also go for surgery after consultation with an experienced doctor. If you want to go for a completely natural, drugs free treatment then physical therapy is your best option.
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