Proper Spinal Care
As we get older, the consistency of the discs in our spines change, deteriorating and dehydrating. Disc degeneration comes with normal wear and tear on our bodies. Additionally, the muscles surrounding and protecting our backs tend to weaken. Regular exercise, a healthy diet and periodic check-ups and maintenance can minimize the effects of degeneration.
The wear to the spinal discs in the vast majority of the population does not reach a level that produces pain and disability that requires treatment. But, if the episodes of acute pain settle but frequently recur and are interfering with your activities or work then further advice from a specialist may be sought to find a diagnosis and discuss treatment options.
Disc degeneration may be the source of back or neck pain, but in many cases as the changes occur very slowly the process does not result in significant ongoing pain Patients with chronic back pain should always have be assessed by an expert. If the symptoms are preventing normal activities or work then the next stage would be to seek consultation with someone who can recommend long term preventative strategies and offer regular access to follow-up.
If you’ve had back pain for a while, you probably already know that navigating the healthcare system to find the right doctor or treatment can be quite a challenge. Ask questions and sharing the decision-making with your health care provider. This collaborative relationship must be present to yield optimal results for your health.