... a lot of pain and I'm 26
I recommend physical therapy. You can learn execises there that will strenghten the muscles in that area to help support the spine and alleviate the strain in that location. Once you learn the exercises in therapy you can continue to do them at home. If you do them seriously everyday, within a few weeks you will notice a difference. You need a doctor to write you a prescription for the therapy.
Hope this helps,
I agree with Laurie - PT can help a lot. A friend of mine's son is going to PT at a large hospital. They anticipate the exercises and manipulation will help maneuver qqhose discs to go back into position, without surgery. He is young, so there is every reason to hope that they will. Accupucure also helps a lot of people, as does a chiropractor. I would consider surgery as an absolute last resort. Once your muscles are cut through they are never the same again. Also you might consider learning yoga, progressive relaxation, guided imagery and biofeedback or neurofeedback. These are techniques that are fairly easy to Learn and give your mind control to lower your pain. They really help - google them to find specific exercises. Best wishest -
I agree with others PT first and also find a doctor that has an IDD machine. It is a computerized traction machine that will help stretch your vertebrae so the discs will move back in place instead of being squeezed. I used it a few years ago and it worked wonders.
Need to use it again but Medicare won't pay for it. Doesn't make sense since it works on the ROOT of the problem. It not only stretches you but also applies heat and massage to your back while it works. Takes about 10 20-minutes sessions to work. But it is soooo worth it.
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