Back pain and other symptoms of degenerative disc disease can greatly interfere with your ability to go about your daily routine. That’s why it’s important to learn about the treatment options that can help provide pain relief. Low-impact exercise is often recommended as part of a conservative treatment plan, and many individuals choose to explore yoga to help with their back pain. If you have degenerative disc disease, here are some exercises you can try that incorporate a yoga ball:
- Sitting at a desk. If you work at a desk or otherwise sit for extended periods of time, sitting on a yoga ball instead of a traditional chair can help you maintain proper posture. While sitting on a yoga ball, you can also shift left and right or forward and backward as an additional exercise.
- Squats. If degenerative disc disease is affecting your lower back, you can use a yoga ball to provide back support while doing squats. You can place the ball between your lower back and a wall while doing a set of squats. Make sure you are maintaining correct form during this exercise, and do not let your knees bend past your toes.
- Walkout exercises. Sit on the yoga ball with your feet on the ground. Slowly walk your feet forward and lean back so the yoga ball moves up your back toward the neck. Keep your back straight as you do so. This exercise can help stretch the spine and keep it flexible.
As with any physical activity, it is important to consult with a physician before beginning a new exercise routine. Additionally, if a particular motion or exercise increases your pain, it is best to stop immediately to prevent worsening the condition.
Degenerative disc disease treatment
Many individuals are able to find a series of exercises and other conservative treatments that enable them to effectively manage their degenerative disc disease symptoms. However, if that is not the case for you, minimally invasive spine surgery at USA Spine Care may be the next option to consider. Our outpatient procedures are a safer and effective alternative to traditional open back surgery and have shorter recovery times.^
We can provide you with a free MRI review* to determine if you are a candidate for minimally invasive surgery at USA Spine Care. Contact us today for more information on our treatment options for degenerative disc disease.
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