Physical Therapy helps treat the underlying factors such as the instability of the intervertebral joints and the associated inflammation. Your physician may recommend prescription medication to provide relief. Once the pain is reduced, specific exercises and specialized physical therapy techniques are utilized to achieve lasting relief.
Treatment falls into one of the following three categories:
- Pain control with acetaminophen, prescription medications, narcotics, etc.
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication (NSAID, steroid injection etc.)
- Surgical (if required)
- Fusion of the discs
- Replacement of the damaged disc with an artificial disc
- Conservative (Physical therapy):
- Progressive controlled exercises under supervision. These include stretching, strengthening and low-impact aerobics.
- Improved posture and movement patterns reduce stress on the spine.
- Ergonomically designed chairs can also relieve pressure on the spine.
- Self-care including weight management, treatment of depression, etc.
I’m Steve Taylor, Physical Therapist, of Southern Physical and Occupational Therapy Services
Moving You To A Pain-Free Lifestyle
Degenerative Disc Disease Management