Degenerative disc disease can leave you in pain and unable to participate in life the way you’d like to. Some of the symptoms include pain in your lower back, buttocks, or upper thighs. Those who suffer from this condition often complain that it feels worse when sitting and feels better when they move or walk. In some cases, degenerative disc disease can lead to numbness and tingling in your legs. It can affect every aspect of your life, so it’s important to know your treatment options.
Many people think that spinal fusion is their only option when it comes to degenerative disc disease. If you find yourself suffering from this disease, the good news is that fusion is not your only option. As surprising as it may seem, physical therapy has been proven equally effective as an invasive surgery in many cases. How can a Physical Therapist help? They can greatly improve your quality of life by:
- Teaching you core stabilization and strengthening exercises. This will help improve stability in your spinal joints which is often the key to pain relief.
- Performing manual therapy. Your physical therapist can perform hands-on therapy to improve the mobility and flexibility of tight muscles or joints that may be contributing to the pain you’re experiencing.
- Educating you on correct posture and body mechanics. You may be sitting, walking, or standing with body mechanics that are contributing to the pain you’re experiencing. Your Physical Therapist can assess your body mechanics and help you make some changes to improve your lifestyle.