LUMBAR DEGENERATIVE DISC PAIN AND SYMPTOMS
Although symptoms are variable from person to person, most patients with lumbar degenerative disc disease will experience low-grade continuous but tolerable pain that will occasionally flare (intensify) for a few days or more. Pain symptoms can vary, but generally are:
- Centered on the lower back, although it can radiate to the hips and legs
- Frequently worse when sitting, as the discs experience a heavier load than when patients are standing, walking or even lying down.
- Exacerbated by certain movements, particularly bending or twisting.
Although degenerative disc disease is relatively common in aging adults, it seldom requires surgery. When medical attention is warranted, the majority of patients respond well to non-operative forms of treatment like chiropractic manipulative therapy, physical therapy, or Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression therapy.