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Spinal Joint Degeneration

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  • Posted By: mcpayne116
  • March 26, 2010
  • 04:38 AM

Hello, I am new to the forum. Today I received a diagnosis that I have spinal joint degeneration. I went to the doctor complaining of tingling in my legs and they took blood work and sent me for X-Rays. The Xrays showed I have that. I have heard of this before from a chiropractor which I was going because of headaches. Now my question is, has anyone had that, oh yeah I am only 38 years old, work from home FT for IBM so I am at my pc all day which I think contributed to this. I have been reading about different things on the internet like spinal decompression or having non-invasive treatment. Plus I did read about acupuncture which I have never gone to. What treatment or remedy has anyone used and how do you sleep, on your side, back. I am a side sleeper and I know my pillow is no good but I have been buying pillows like crazy and would love to find out that someone else has used. Any responses would be appreciated, thank you.

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  • Hello,I am a physical therapist. Disc or joint degeneration is a common issue although you are young for this diagnosis. X-rays alone may not be the best way to determine the cause of your pain. Diagnostic tests only tell part of the story. The other part is your specific symptoms and when they occur. If the tingling in your legs happens when you are sitting, a bulging disc may be the cause. If the symptoms in your legs happen when you sit and or stand for periods of time, disc degeneration may be the cause. My general advice is to first, make sure the doctor making the diagnosis is a specialist (orthopedic MD). Second, I would recommend physical therapy. A PT will help to determine the best treatment including what stretches would help. In the mean time, begin by applying ice to your lower back for 10 minutes, three times a day. This will help to reduce local inflammation.For more detailed information about lower back conditions and treatment recommendations, go to www.joint-pain-solutions.com . You can click on both the "lower back" tab under conditions and under the treatment sections. Good luck to you.
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