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Is lying down better than sitting if you have degenerative disc disease?

If you’ve been diagnosed with degenerative disc disease, chances are you are experiencing pain and other symptoms caused by this spinal condition. You may have discussed some conservative treatment options with your physician, such as pain medications, hot and cold compresses, physical therapy and low-impact exercise. However, you may still have questions about your degenerative disc disease. A common question among patients is whether lying down or sitting is better for the spine.

Lying down

Many individuals find that lying down can alleviate some of their degenerative disc disease symptoms. Generally, this is because the pressure that a spinal disc endures when we’re in an upright position is alleviated when lying down. However, if lying down causes any of your symptoms to worsen, it is best to avoid this particular position. It may take some trial and error to determine if lying on your back, side or stomach is most comfortable for you. Alternatively, you may find that sitting in a recliner is most comfortable.

Sitting upright

Sitting is not necessarily bad for degenerative disc disease, but it is important to maintain proper posture while sitting. Additionally, if you spend extended periods of time sitting in the same position, such as in an office setting, it is beneficial to take breaks from time to time and move around.

Degenerative disc disease treatment

Many individuals are able to find specific positions that are comfortable for them. Along with a combination of conservative treatments, no other action may be required. However, if your symptoms are more severe and interfere with your daily activities, you may need to consider surgery. While your physician may recommend traditional open surgery for degenerative disc disease, minimally invasive spine surgery at USA Spine Care is a safer and effective alternative.^

Contact USA Spine Care today to learn more about how our outpatient procedures can help with your degenerative disc disease. We offer a free MRI review* to help determine if you are a candidate for minimally invasive spine surgery at USA Spine Care.

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