Degenerative Disc Disease- the pain associated with degenerative disc disease is thought to stem from two main factors: 1-Inflammation The proteins contained within the disc space can cause a lot of inflammation, and as a general rule inflammation will cause pain. 2-Abnormal micro-motion instability If the annulus - the outer rings of the intervertebral disc - degenerates and wears down, it is not as effective in resisting motion in the spine.
Most patients with lumbar degenerative disc disease will experience only low-grade continuous but tolerable pain that will occasionally intensify. For others, however, lumbar degenerative disc disease can cause severe pain and possibly disability.
In a spinal fusion, a solid bridge is formed between two vertebral segments in the spine to stop the movement in that section of the spine. Bone graft and/or bone graft substitute is needed to create the environment for the solid bridge to form.
What is a degenerative cascade? What are the best options for treating lower back pain due to degenerative disc disease? The Spine-health degenerative disc disease video directory provides interactive videos and doctor commentary on degenerative disc disease anatomy and treatment topics. http://www.spine-health.com/conditions/degenerative-disc-disease/videos
Sciatica First Aid: Exercise for Long-Term Pain Relief. "Once pain control for sciatica has been achieved, gentle stretching of the affected area, & low-impact exercise, (such as walking two to three miles) will help bring healing nutrients to the affected area & help to restore function...Stretching helps bring sustained pain relief." Videos on sciatica & hamstring exercises for low back pain relief at this link. #back #spine #stretching