Degenerative Disc Disease

In this week’s Newsletter from Orthomedical, we focus on a Degenerative Disc Disease which we came across in WebMD (http://www.webmd.com). Contrary to the term disease, Degenerative Disc disease is a term used to describe the normal changes in spinal discs as people age. The discs act as shock absorbers for the spine, allowing it to flex, bend, and twist. Degenerative disc disease can take place throughout the spine, but it most often occurs in the discs in the lower back (lumbar region) and the neck (cervical region). The below picture shows the spine and discs in the spine

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As we age, our spinal discs break down, or degenerate, which may result in degenerative disc disease in some people. These age-related changes include:

  • The loss of fluid in your discs. This reduces the ability of the discs to act as shock absorbers and makes them less flexible. Loss of fluid also makes the disc thinner and narrows the distance between the vertebrae.
  • Tiny tears or cracks in the outer layer (annulus or capsule) of the disc. The jellylike material inside the disc (nucleus) may be forced out through the tears or cracks in the capsule, which causes the disc to bulge, break open (rupture), or break into fragments.

The symptoms of Degenerative disc disease is that it may result in back or neck pain, but this varies from person to person. Many people have no pain, while others with the same amount of disc damage have severe pain that limits their activities. Where the pain occurs depends on the location of the affected disc. An affected disc in the neck area may result in neck or arm pain, while an affected disc in the lower back may result in pain in the back, buttock, or leg. The pain often gets worse with movements such as bending over, reaching up, or twisting.

During Clinical trials of  Back Treatment and Support Belt Disk Dr. WG30 which was carried out at the Department of Orthopaedic surgery, College of Medicine, Inje University Seoul Paik hospital, South Korea, in a similar situation experienced by patients during the trails, the interval of the intervertebral discs at the 4th and 5th segments of the lumbar spine were increased by an average of 3 mm and this was due to resultant lowering of intra-discal pressure by the Disk Dr. WG30 which has been shown to reduce pain and provide ongoing treatment through long-term wearing of the Traction Belt. In lumbar disc herniation patients before their treatment , the intervertebral disc or the the nucleus pulposus is extricated from it’s normal anatomic position in the intervertebral space. This herniated disc compresses on nerve roots and causes back pain, sciatics and muscle spasm. After treatment using Disk Dr.WG 30, it was observed that Disk Dr. helps return nucleus pulposus or the intervertebral disc to it’s original position by reducing the pressure in the intervertebral space creating traction through the air cells within the device.

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Degenerative Disc Disease and Disk Dr Waist.

In this week’s blog from Orthomedical India, we shall discuss about Degenerative Disc Disease and Disk Dr WaistDegenerative disc disease is one of the most common causes of low back pain, and also one of the most misunderstood. Disc degeneration is a natural part of aging and over time all people will exhibit changes in their discs consistent with a greater or lesser degree of degeneration. However, not all people will develop symptoms. In fact, degenerative disc disease is quite variable in its nature and severity.

The lumbar disc is a unique and well-designed structure in the spine. It is strong enough to resist terrific forces in multiple different planes of motion, yet it is still very mobile. The disc has several functions, including acting as a shock absorber between the vertebral bodies. Generally, the pain associated with degenerative disc disease is thought to stem from two different factors: Inflammation and Abnormal micromotion instability

Most patients with degenerative disc disease will have some underlying chronic low back pain, with intermittent episodes of severe low back pain. The exact cause of these severe episodes of pain is not known, but it has been theorized that it is due to abnormal micro-motion in the degenerated disc that spurs an inflammatory reaction. In an attempt to stabilize the spine and decrease the micro-motion, the body reacts to the disc pain with muscle spasms. The reactive spasms are what make patients feel like their back has “gone out”.

Disk Dr. Waist

Disk Dr.is a unique back traction device, completely different from existing waist protectors. The Disk Dr. features a unique air pocket expansion system that helps combine both effective treatment and the relief of pain by helping to reduce pressure within the lumbar vertebrae. Disk Dr. Waist not only widens and supports lumbar vertebrae but it also forces muscles around the waist to exercise more.

The DiskDr’s patented, vertically expandable columns provide secure mechanical support for the lumbar vertebrae. The air inflated belt acts to provide a butress action between the lower part of the rib cage and a patient’s hip, diverting weight bearing forces away from the lumbar spine and thereby reducing intra discal pressure.

Disk Dr. Waist is recommended for Lower Back Pain, Herniated, Bulging disc, Degenerative disc, Lumbar acute/chronic sprain, Congenital weakness in waist, Low back pain caused by obesity, Spondylolysis, spondylolisthesis, spinal stenosis, Strenuous jobs requiring heavy lifting or long time driving, Low back pain of physical origin which need traction therapy

Disk Dr. Waist comes in three unique forms for back treatment and back support.

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