Degenerative Disc Disease - Telehealth PT for Back Pain in Midtown
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PT Treatments for Degenerative Disc Disease

Physical therapy is a great treatment option for when you experience back or neck pain. Conservative care like PT can often generate results like what one would experience from surgery, without actually having surgery. Degenerative Disc Disease, a natural occurrence of the body, is a common reason for neck and back pain that can be treated and maintained with the help of a physical therapist. To learn more, contact First Health PT for a telehealth PT for back pain in Midtown today.

What is Degenerative Disc Disease?

Degenerative Disc Disease often occurs with the natural progression of age. The spine is made up of 33 vertebrae stacked on top of one another. In between each vertebra is an intervertebral disc or a rubbery piece of cartilage. When we’re young the disk is made up of gelatin. But as we age, or when we get injured, the gelatin begins to deplete. This then decreases the volume of the disc which results in less space between the vertebrae. As a result, the disc becomes flatter and less flexible. 

This can then lead to the formation of bone spurs making the spine stiff.  The rough surfaces of the vertebral joints rubbing together often cause pain and inflammation. The nerve root of the spine, the point where the spinal nerve exits the spine and extends to other parts of the body, can also become irritated and flattened. Degenerative Disc Disease can occur throughout the spine or in one disc. Though it doesn’t always lead to pain, it can cause some people a great deal of discomfort, pain, and disability.    

Symptoms of Degenerative Disc Disease

The pain of Degenerative Disc Disease varies based on individual cases. Here are some symptoms that may indicate DDD:

  • Degenerative disc in the neck causes pain in the arm, shoulder, or neck
  • DDD in the lower back may be causing pain in the back, buttocks, or legs

Pain may be heightened by sitting, bending, and reaching. Symptoms may also feel worse first thing in the morning and after remaining in the same position for an extended period. For more severe cases, when the pressure affects the nerve root, numbness, tingling, and even weakness may occur in the arms or legs.

How Physical Therapy Can Help

The main goal of physical therapy is to help patients improve their ability to participate in everyday life and activities. Based on the individual case, your physical therapist will help come up with a treatment plan to best fit your needs and healing process. This can include:

  • Stretching and Exercises for Flexibility- This is where your physical therapist teaches you specific exercises that will help improve movement in the joints and muscles of the spine, arms, and legs. This is often the key to pain relief.
  • Strengthening Exercises- Stronger trunk muscles can help support spinal joints, and when your arms and legs are stronger your spinal joints don’t have to carry all the weight.
  • Aerobic Exercise- These include exercises like swimming, walking, or a low-impact aerobics class that can both relieve pain, support healthy body weight, and improves strength and mobility overall–all of which help manage DDD. The more exercise you can handle, the faster pain and other symptoms will subside.
  • Manual Therapy- Manual, or hands-on therapy, may also be an option your physical therapist explores with you. This can help improve stiff joints and tight muscles that may be contributing to your pain.
  • Posture and Body Mechanics- Your physical therapist can help teach you how to make adjustments to how you sit, stand, bend, or lift to help relieve pain and manage your condition regularly.

How a Telehealth PT for Back Pain in Midtown Can Help

At First Health PT, our one on one sessions are built with our patients in mind to offer the highest quality therapy and exercise instruction to enhance and protect the way you move. Our telehealth PT for back pain in Midtown can help develop a treatment plan best suited for you based on your condition as a result of Degenerative Disc Disease. Let us help you manage the pain today and live a better life tomorrow. Contact us to learn more and make an appointment today!