Spinal Degeneration and Degenerative Disk Disease (DDD). Who is at Risk ?
Posted Jun 02 2009 4:34pm
San Francisco Disk Pain Doctor comments:
Degenerative Disc Disease has become the SCAPEGOAT diagnosis for chronic back pain in adults. While it is true that up 90% of the adult population will experience severe back pain at some point in their life, only 20% or so will become chronic (last over 6 months). Still, this is a BIG number. So, what's going on here, what is causing this ?
Well, when you consider that up to 75% of our population is obese (look around), and the spinal disks are shock absorbers, it's easy to comprehend how the extra weight put on them, can cause cause them to wear abnormally.
When you add car accidents, sports injuries, bad posture, smoking, poor ergonomics, mental stress, poor diet, and drugs and alcohol to the equation , lack of exercise, it can create quite a potent formula indeed. In actuality, the same conditions that cause other degenerative conditions (heart disease and stroke, cancer, prostate disease, digestive disorders, etc.) are one of the main contributors to spine degeneration and degenerative disk disease (DDD).
So what is the solution. Well, a potential solution is to reverse the unhealthy conditions that are responsible, and I would start with what you eat. Yes, there is a connection between healthy spinal disks and nutrition. Next, I would start an exercise program based on your level of fitness. Start walking and doing some stretches, then build from there. The combination of dietary modifications and exercise is almost certain to cause immediate weight loss and inflammation reduction. Inflammation is a primary cause of disk related back pain and degeneration. And, inflammation stems from the same unhealthy conditions as does disk degeneration and obesity. Consider Fish Oil supplementation also.
It's easy to get caught up in the trap of taking medications for all your different symptoms. Now you have a situation where you are putting chemicals into the body that are not manufactured by the body, and this can lead to disaster.
It is best to try to change the conditions naturally and let the body clean itself up. Most of the time if disk pain sufferers were just to lose 20 or 30lbs they would feel so much better and be able to handle more exercise.
I know it's easier said than done, but nothing worthwhile is easy, but it sure beats the alternative.