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Degenerative Disc Disease

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by McCoy K

(Degenerative Disk Disease)



Take the following steps to help protect your spine:
  • Begin a safe exercise program with the advice of your doctor.
  • Maintain a healthy weight .
  • If you have osteoporosis , follow your doctor's instructions for treating the condition.
  • If you smoke, talk to your doctor about ways to quit.
  • If possible, make changes to your workplace to reduce symptoms.


American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

North American Spine Society



Canadian Orthopaedic Association

Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation



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Urban J, Roberts S. Degeneration of the intervertebral disc. Arthritis Res. Ther. 2003;5(3):120-130.


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