While age is a common reason why degenerative disc disease (DDD) occurs, there are other controllable factors that can cause the onset of DDD. Discover several ways to prevent this condition from occurring or intensifying. As always, if you are feeling any sort of discomfort or pain associated with DDD, please contact our team today. Let’s dive in to three ways you can prevent degenerative disc disease:
Exercise does more than tone muscles and shed fat – it provides nutrients and oxygen throughout the entire body! These nutrients and oxygen help your spine and surrounding muscles to function at its best.
Additionally, exercise will increase the amount of endorphins released in your body. Endorphins are your body’s natural way to reduce pain. Aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise every day to help find relief from pain associated with degenerative disc disease.
Eat Nutritious Food
Your body uses the food and drink you give it to fuel your energy levels, sustain your health, and more. By eating nutrient-rich food, your body will be lean and can support your spine as it should!
If your diet is not well-balanced, your body will work harder to support the added weight. This will also put unnecessary pressure on your spine, furthering your degenerative disc disease pain.
Change Your Habits
Bad habits such as smoking, overconsumption of alcohol, incorrect posture and lifting techniques, long periods of sitting, and sleeping on an unsupportive mattress can intensify degenerative disc disease pain. Be intentional about drinking plenty of water, foregoing smoking, lifting and sitting correctly, and sleeping on a mattress that supports your weight.
If you have tried these suggestions, don’t hesitate to contact our team to discuss treatment options for degenerative disc disease. We want to help you live your healthiest, pain-free life possible!