Back Lower (Lumbar) Osteoarthritis - Degenerative Disc Disease Treatment

In degenerative disk disease disk wears off with age.

Most people's discs degenerate over a lifetime, but in some, this aging process can become chronically painful, severely interfering with their quality of life.

Exercise, including running in the absence of injury, has not been found to increase one's risk of developing osteoarthritis.

Pain seems to get worse with sitting, lifting, or twisting. It gets better with mild exercise such as walking or running.

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I was rear-ended about ten years ago and suffered some acute lower back pain along with the usual neck and should injuries associated with a rear-end collision. I spent several months in physical therapy learning how to strengthen my back and receiving massage therapy and stimulation by the use of a TENS unit. I have been on and off pain ....
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I have tried a lot of different things to help my back. So far the Gastric bypass has helped the most. Ultram doesnt work very well for my back pain, but my doctor refuses to try anything else or give me anything stronger. I cannot take anti inflamitory drugs as they will irratate my bypass..
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Category
Name Average Result Healed Helped
a Lot
Helped
a Little
No Change Made Worse
All Treatments (average)
3.5
(148)
3 77 59 5 4
Diet and Weight Management
Weight Loss
3.6
3 2
Diet and Weight Management
Diet Management
3.5
1 1
Drugs and Supplements
Methadone
4.0
1
Drugs and Supplements
Celebrex - Celecoxib
4.0
1
Drugs and Supplements
Aspirin
4.0
1
Drugs and Supplements
Percocet
4.0
1
Drugs and Supplements
Neurontin - Gabapentin
4.0
1
Drugs and Supplements
Cortisone Injection
3.7
2 1
Drugs and Supplements
Epidural
3.5
1 1
Drugs and Supplements
Motrin - Ibuprofen
3.5
1 1
Drugs and Supplements
Glucosamine
3.5
1 1
Drugs and Supplements
Naproxen Sodium - Aleve - Anaprox - Naprelan
3.5
1 1
Drugs and Supplements
Ultram Medication
3.3
1 2
Drugs and Supplements
Pain Killers (Analgesic)
3.2
1 5
Drugs and Supplements
Anti-inflammatory Medication (NSAID)
3.2
2 3 1
Drugs and Supplements
Vicodin Medication
3.0
1 2 1
Drugs and Supplements
Darvocet Medication
3.0
1
Drugs and Supplements
Vitamins
3.0
2
Drugs and Supplements
Medical Cannabis - Marijuana
3.0
1
Drugs and Supplements
Soma
3.0
1 1
Drugs and Supplements
Flexeril
2.7
1 1 1
Drugs and Supplements
Muscle Relaxants
2.5
1 1
Drugs and Supplements
Diazepam Medication - Valium
1.0
1
Exercise
Weight Machines
4.0
1
Exercise
Swimming
3.8
1 3 2
Exercise
Proper Posture
3.7
2 1
Exercise
Strengthening
3.6
3 2
Exercise
Change of Sleeping Position
3.5
1 1
Exercise
Exercise
3.3
1 2
Exercise
Walking
3.3
1 3
Exercise
Water Aerobics
3.0
1
Medical Devices and Equipment
Cane
5.0
1
Medical Devices and Equipment
New Shoes
4.0
1
Medical Devices and Equipment
Back Support Brace
4.0
2
Medical Devices and Equipment
Ball
3.0
1 1
Surgery
Charite Disc Replacement Surgery
5.0
1
Surgery
Laminectomy - Discectomy
4.0
1
Surgery
Lumbar Spinal Fusion Surgery
3.0
2
Surgery
Gastric Bypass Surgery
3.0
1
Therapy
Visualization and Thinking Therapy
4.0
1
Therapy
Spinal Decompression
4.0
1
Therapy
Ice
4.0
3
Therapy
Range of Motion Exercises
4.0
1
Therapy
Pressure
4.0
1
Therapy
Daily Meditation
4.0
1
Therapy
Inversion
4.0
1
Therapy
Hydrotherapy
4.0
1
Therapy
Bed Rest
4.0
1
Therapy
Micro current
4.0
1
Therapy
Stretching Treatment
3.8
3 1
Therapy
Traction
3.7
2 1
Therapy
Physical Therapy
3.7
4 2
Therapy
Heat Therapy
3.7
4 2
Therapy
Therapy Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation - TENS
3.5
1 1
Therapy
Rest
3.5
1 1
Therapy
Individual Therapy
3.5
1 1
Therapy
Massage Therapy
3.5
3 3
Therapy
Chiropractic
3.3
3 3 1
Therapy
Acupuncture
3.0
1
Therapy
Ultrasound
3.0
1
Therapy
Tennis Ball Massage
3.0
1
Therapy
Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment
3.0
1
Therapy
Psychotherapy For Depression (Talk Therapy)
2.5
1 1
Topical
Icy Hot
4.0
1
Topical
Biofreeze
4.0
1
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