Degenerative Disk Disease (DDD) is the osteoarthritis of the spine. This disease develops with age from stress on the spine and due to spine becoming less flexible as we age. It manifests as pain in the neck "cervical spine' or lower back "lumbar spine". Pain may travel from your lower back to the thighs and buttocks. Some people also experience weakness, numbness and tingling. Your doctor may diagnose DDD after ordering x-rays or other tests.
How to manage DDD?
Stretching & Physiotherapy (TENS, Ultrasound, Massage, Manual Therapy, etc)
Medications - both over the counter pain relievers and prescription medications
Most people with DDD feel relief when they are moving or stretching. Look up online stretching exercises and try them out yourself. You can also book a physiotherapy session at our clinic and our physiotherapists would be happy to help you manage DDD!