Tips for Preventing Degenerative Disc Disease – PMIR

The human spine consists of a series of bony vertebrae with spongy discs between each bone, absorbing shock and allowing for the flexion, bending, and twisting of the spine during everyday life. These discs are tough and rubbery, but they can crack, swell, break open, and herniate.

Degenerative disc disease describes the natural process by which these discs eventually become damaged, often through the wear-and-tear of living life. When these discs swell or get damaged, they harm the integrity of the spine, compress the nerve roots that surround the lower and upper vertebrae, and become the cause of much pain. This causes a painful, sore, and very stiff back, and can affect the body in a multitude of ways, from localized back pain to radiating pain in the extremities.

However, that damage is not necessarily unavoidable. While our discs do degenerate over time, that degeneration can be halted or slowed. The right lifestyle, and the right choices, can lead to a healthier and stronger backbone and less pain over the years. Even in individuals who are experiencing degenerating discs, these tips can help improve quality of life and stop certain symptoms from becoming much worse.

Is It Always Age?

Magnetic resonance imaging shows that nearly everyone past the age of 60 shows signs of disc degeneration. This coincides with the fact that as we get older, we’re at a greater risk of experiencing back pain.

Yet not everyone with degenerated discs experiences back pain, and the degrees of degeneration differ. Furthermore, you can struggle with degenerative disc disease long before you become a sexagenarian. Note that while it’s called a degenerative disc ‘disease’, it is not a disease. It is simply the state of having damaged and/or degenerated spinal discs, which can occur as a result of extreme exercise, very demanding physical work, genetics, an injury, or age. In many cases, it’s a combination of several different factors.

While the body boasts an amazing system capable of some serious regeneration, the discs between our vertebrae is one of several places where we just don’t get a lot of blood flow, and as such, the body can’t get to work repairing these discs. Sooner or later, they deteriorate. This happens for everyone, but the process can be slowed – and it isn’t always immediately painful.

Symptoms of Degenerative Disc Disease

With the strict definition that degenerative discs involve the deterioration of the discs, it’s important to remember that this is generally an unavoidable condition. However, it only truly becomes a problem – and can be considered a ‘disease’ – when it begins to be the cause for some serious pains and complaints.

If you struggle with any of the following symptoms, there is a chance that a herniated or damaged disc could be the cause. These include:

  • Weakness in the leg or foot.
  • Tingling sensation in the extremities on a regular basis.
  • Sudden and severe pain in the leg or back.
  • Pain that lessens from curling into a fetal position, lying down flat, supporting the back, or otherwise shifting weight and posture.
  • Pain that gets worse when sitting.
  • Pain that gets worse when bending over.
  • Pain that lessens when swimming or walking.
  • Pain in the neck.
  • Pain in the buttocks.
  • Pain in the thighs.

Most the pain caused by a deteriorating disc is caused by the compression of several nerves around the expanding and swollen disc, causing discomfort and pain throughout different parts of the body. Discs can also get small tears or become thinner over time, leading to excess motion and abnormal rubbing. Other problems include dried out discs and bone spurs.

Sciatica, a common condition due to the rate at which people are injured or hurt in the lower back, is caused by a compressed sciatic nerve causing pain and weakness to radiate from the buttock and thigh down to the foot. A degenerative disc can be a cause of sciatica.

A Progressive Condition

Unlike some other conditions, if left unaddressed, chances are that degenerative disc disease becomes worse. Because the discs no longer repair themselves properly, degenerative disc disease is considered a progressive problem, meaning it will continue to grow in size and scope unless handled properly.

Because it is also a condition that occurs in nearly everyone at some point, these preventative measures and tips go for anyone, regardless of their history of osteoarthritis or other forms of inflammatory pain and spinal health. While none of these factors guarantee that you won’t hurt yourself, they can greatly improve the odds of not struggling with back pain as a result of deteriorating spinal discs.

Cut the Booze and the Smokes

We all generally understand that alcohol and cigarettes aren’t hallmarks of a healthy lifestyle, but aside from promoting the deterioration of your organs, they also promote the deterioration of your spine.

Excessive or frequent alcohol consumption and tobacco smoking can lead to faster degeneration and damage in your bones and surrounding tissues. Nicotine and tobacco have been linked to greater risk for fractures and osteoporosis, as well as back pain.

Eat Better

A diet of whole grains varied and copious vegetables, as well as moderate amounts of animal meat can help you keep strong and healthy bones, and a healthier spine. It’s important to source your nutrients not just from tablets or fortified foods, but from whole foods, due to better bioavailability and the way our body deals with nutrition.

On the other side, excess sugars should be avoided. Aside from contributing to a myriad of other health problems, a poor diet can also lead to excess bodyweight, which further impacts your spine due to constant added stress.

Maintain Good Posture

Good posture minimizes the shearing forces applied to the spine throughout the day, which basically means that your spine has less force to withstand when applying a healthier posture.

But constant slouching, walking in high heels, sleeping on a bad mattress or lifting heavy weight with a flexed spine can place immense amounts of stress on the discs between your vertebrae, grinding them together with tremendous force.

Exercise for a Stronger Spine

Weight training and strength training are key to preventing further disc degeneration, because by building the musculature surrounding the spine, you can take a lot of pressure off the discs. Moderation is key, as is a program catering to your needs, pre-existing conditions, and preferences.

People respond differently to different exercise programs, and there are countless factors both environmental and genetic controlling how well the body responds to different training schemes, from low weights and high repetitions, to high weight with fewer repetitions, greater training volume at lower intensity, lower volume with higher intensity, fewer or more rest days and recovery methods, and so on.

You Can’t Always Prevent It

We all age, and our bodies eventually develop problems that can lead to aches, pains, and bruises.

Minimizing these problems improves our overall quality of life, and there are many other benefits to eating well and exercising regularly, from feeling physically healthier to making the most of the endorphins training produces. A healthier lifestyle can lead to a stronger spine, but when the pain is too great to bear, other methods must be considered.


Bài thuốc dân gian chữa thoát vị đĩa đệm tại nhà hiệu quả – Việt Nam Forestry

Bài thuốc dân gian chữa thoát vị đĩa đệm được lưu truyền nhiều. Tuy nhiên, đã được áp dụng và thành công thì lại rất ít. Dưới đây là một số bài thuốc dân gian giúp bạn tự chữa thoát vị đĩa đệm tại nhà an toàn và hiệu quả. Cùng tham khảo nhé!

Có nên tự chữa thoát vị đĩa đệm tại nhà không?

Thoát vị đĩa đệm xảy ra khi đĩa đệm bị lệch ra khỏi vị trí bình thường, chèn ép lên rễ thần kinh gây đau nhức, khó chịu cho người bệnh. Có nhiều cách điều trị khác nhau như tự chữa thoát vị đĩa đệm bằng bài thuốc dân gian, thuốc tân dược, vật lý trị liệu hoặc phẫu thuật. Tùy thuộc vào mức độ bệnh và tình trạng sức khỏe của bạn mà áp dụng phương pháp phù hợp.

bài thuốc dân gian chữa thoát vị đĩa đệm

Trở lại với câu hỏi có nên tự chữa thoát vị đĩa đệm tại nhà không? Lời khuyên được đưa ra, dù chữa trị tại nhà hay bệnh viện thì người bệnh cũng cần đến cơ sở y tế, bệnh viện chuyên khoa để khám và kiểm tra. Từ đó xác định bệnh đang ở giai đoạn nào để có cách điều trị phù hợp, đem lại hiệu quả cao nhất.

Chỉ nên tự chữa thoát vị đĩa đệm tại nhà bằng các bài thuốc dân gian khi bệnh ở giai đoạn nhẹ. Khi bệnh tiến triển nặng hoặc không đáp ứng cách điều trị này thì cần được chăm sóc y tế của các bác sĩ chuyên khoa.

3 bài thuốc dân gian chữa thoát vị đĩa đệm hiệu quả nhất

Dùng ngải cứu, lá lốt, xương rồng trị đĩa đệm bị thoát vị là những bài thuốc đem lại hiệu quả cao, đơn giản dễ thực hiện, đã được nhiều người áp dụng thành công.

Chữa thoát vị đĩa đệm bằng ngải cứu

Ngải cứu hay ngải diệp, nhả ngải, cây thuốc cứu… thuộc loài thân thảo, mọc hoang hoặc đường trồng làm rau ăn. Trong dân gian, ngải cứu được sử dụng để chữa đau bụng, điều kinh, an thai và chữa các bệnh xương khớp như thoát vị đĩa đệm rất hiệu quả.

Bài thuốc dân gian chữa thoát vị đĩa đệm này giúp giảm các cơn đau nhức hành hạ người bệnh nhanh chóng. Để tăng hiệu quả trị bệnh, có thể kết hợp ngải cứu và những vị thuốc khác như vỏ bưởi, mật ong, giấm gạo…

chữa thoát vị đĩa đệm bằng ngải cứu

Những cách dùng ngải cứu chữa thoát vị đĩa đệm:

Ngải cứu và giấm gạo

Lấy 300g ngải cứu tươi rửa sạch, giã nát. Rồi trộn với 200ml giấm gạo, đem đun nóng. Sau đó, bọc hỗn hợp vào khăn mỏng, xoa dọc vị trí cột sống bị đau nhức trong 15 phút.

Thực hiện xoa bóp bằng ngải cứu và giấm gạo liên tục và đều đặn từ 2 – 3 tuần, những cơn đau nhức thuyên giảm rõ rệt.

Bài thuốc đắp chữa thoát vị đĩa đệm từ ngải cứu và muối hạt

Dùng một nắm ngải cứu tươi rửa sạch, để ráo, cho vào rang nóng với một nắm muối hạt. Rồi dùng chiếc khăn mỏng bọc hỗn hợp này lại đắp và chườm lên vị trí lưng đau nhức do thoát vị trước khi đi ngủ.

Ngải cứu và mật ong

Sử dụng 1 năm ngải cứu tươi, mật ong nguyên chất 2 thìa và một lượng nước muối pha loãng vừa đủ.

Rửa sạch ngải cứu, rồi giã nát, thêm nước muối pha loãng vào. Chắt lấy nước, bỏ bã. Sau đó, thêm mật ong vào, khuấy đều là uống được. Uống 2 lần/ngày. Sau một thời gian triệu chứng đau nhức do thoát vị được đẩy lùi.

Ngải cứu, vỏ bưởi và vỏ chanh

Bài thuốc dân gian chữa thoát vị đĩa đệm này cần nguyên liệu như sau:

  • Ngải cứu khô 200g
  • Vỏ chanh khô 1kg
  • Vỏ bưởi khô 2 cái
  • Rượu trắng 2 lít

Đen tất cả các nguyên liệu trên sao vàng rồi cho vào bình thủy tinh sạch ngâm với rượu trắng. Sau một tháng là có thể sử dụng. Mỗi ngày người bệnh uống 1 ly nhỏ, đều đặn trong 1 – 2 tháng đau lưng, vai gáy, khó chịu do thoát vị giảm hẳn.

Chữa thoát vị đĩa đệm bằng lá lốt

Lá lốt không chỉ dùng để chế biến món ăn mà còn là vị thảo dược chữa trị được nhiều bệnh. Nó có tính kháng khuẩn, kháng viêm có tác dụng giảm đau nhức, ngừa viêm nhiễm, tê bì, chữa phong thấp, thoát vị đĩa đệm và các bệnh xương khớp khác hiệu quả.

chữa thoát vị đĩa đệm bằng lá lốt

Người bệnh có thể tham khảo một vài bài thuốc dân gian chữa thoát vị đĩa đệm bằng lá lốt sau:

Lá lốt và đinh lăng

Vị thuốc: Lá lốt gồm thân, rễ, lá 30g, đinh lăng 30g và trinh nữ 30g.

Cách thực hiện: Rửa sạch lá lốt để ráo nước. Cắt khúc lá lốt rồi phơi khô 2 nắng. Đinh lăng và cây tinh nữ phơi khô.

Cho các vị thuốc đã phơi khô trên vào sắc với 1,5 lít nước, dùng uống hàng ngày. Uống trong 7 ngày liên tiếp dừng, theo dõi kết quả.

Lá lốt, cỏ xước, dền gai

Vị thuốc: Lá lốt 30g, cỏ xước 30g, dền gai 30g và cỏ ngươi 30g.

Cách thực hiện: Rửa sạch các vị thuốc trên, đem phơi khô hoặc sao vàng. Dùng nguyên liệu đã sao vàng sắc thành nước thuốc uống hàng ngày.

Lá lốt sữa bò

Vị thuốc: Một nắm lá lốt và sữa bò tươi 300ml.

Cách thực hiện: Lá lốt rửa sạch thái nhỏ hoặc xay nhuyễn, vắt lấy nước cốt. Cho nước cốt và sữa vào đun sôi lên là uống được. Mỗi ngày uống 1 – 2 lần. Uống liên tục trong 7 ngày. Chú ý bài thuốc dân gian chữa thoát vị đĩa đệm này chỉ dùng khi sữa còn ấm nóng.

Lá lốt, cây chó đẻ, ngải cứu

Vị thuốc: Lá lốt, lá ngải cứu và cây chó đẻ mỗi loại 300g.

Cách thực hiện: Rửa sạch những vị thuốc trên, để ráo nước rồi giã nhuyễn hoặc xay nát. Cho hỗn hợp lên chảo sao lửa nhỏ đến khi nóng cho vào khăn mỏng rồi chườm lên vị trí đau nhức do thoát vị đĩa đệm. Nếu hỗn hợp nguội thì sao nóng lại chườm tiếp.

Thực hiện 2 – 3 lần/ngày vào buổi tối trước khi đi ngủ. Áp dụng cách chữa này sau 1 tuần sẽ thấy tác dụng rõ rệt.

Món ăn từ lá lốt

Bên cạnh những cách trên, có thể sử dụng lá lốt để làm nguyên liệu trong chế biến món ăn như thịt bò xào lá lốt, chả lá lốt, canh gà lá lốt… cũng có tác dụng hỗ trợ trị bệnh hiệu quả.

Chữa thoát vị đĩa đệm bằng cây xương rồng

Trong y học dân gian, xương rồng là cây có tính hàn, vị đắng được dùng để trị táo bón, bệnh đường tiêu hóa, ho và xương khớp, nhất là thoát vị đĩa đệm hiệu quả.

chữa gai cột sống bằng xương rồng

Xương rồng và muối hạt

Dùng xương rồng 3 cạnh hoặc xương rồng ông.

Cách thực hiện: Lấy 2 – 3 nhánh xương rồng rửa sạch, cạo hết phần cạnh có gai. Rồi đập dập, trộn đều lên với một nắm muối hạt. Sau đó, sao nóng hỗn hợp này trên chảo. Để hỗn hợp nguội bớt, dùng vải sạch bọc lại rồi đắp lên vị trí thoát vị.

Áp dùng bài thuốc dân gian chữa thoát vị đĩa đệm bằng cây xương rồng này đều đặn hàng ngày. Sau khoảng 2 tuần những cơn đau nhức khó chịu sẽ giảm hẳn.

Bài thuốc đắp chữa thoát vị đĩa đệm từ xương rồng bẹ

Xương rồng bẹ còn được gọi là xương rồng bà có gai, cây vợt gai, tiên nhân chưởng hoặc gai bàn chải. Cây có tính mát, vị đắng và không độc tính. Nó chứa heterosid flavonic có tác dụng giảm đau, chống viêm và chống co thắt rất tốt.

Cách thực hiện: Lấy 2 – 3 lá xương rồng bẹ, rửa sạch, bỏ hết gai. Ngâm xương rồng vào nước muối pha loãng khoảng 5 phút. Rồi nướng nóng đều 2 mặt, áp trực tiếp lên vị trí cột sống bị thoát vị. Thực hiện cách chữa thoát vị đĩa đệm bằng xương rồng này đều đặn trong 15 ngày để đạt được hiệu quả nhất.

Xương rồng, ngải cứu, cúc tần và dây tơ hồng

Bài thuốc dân gian chữa thoát vị đĩa đệm này dùng cây xương rồng bẹ kết hợp với ngải cứu, cúc tần, dây tơ hồng.

Lấy 2 – 3 lá xương rồng bà rửa sạch, loại bỏ gai và lá rồi ngâm vào nước muối loãng vài phút. Các vị thuốc còn lại rửa sạch, để ráo. Sau đó cho tất cả các vị thuốc này vào chảo sao nóng lên dùng để đắp lên vùng xương đau nhức. Đắp 5 – 10 phút. Khi lá bẹ này nguội thì chuyển sang lá khác. Áp dụng liên tục trong 10 ngày sẽ thấy triệu chứng bệnh giảm hẳn.

Trên đây là những bài thuốc dân gian chữa thoát vị đĩa đệm từ ngải cứu, lá lốt và xương rồng. Mỗi cách sẽ cho hiệu quả khác nhau tùy vào cơ địa và tình trạng bệnh của bạn.


How Much Water Do I Need to Drink? – Spine Health

Drinking water helps to keep your lower back healthy by removing waste and carrying nutrients to the area. But are you getting enough water on a daily basis?

Water helps to keep your spinal discs hydrated.

Read on to learn more about how much water you need to drink every day:

Clearing up confusion about water intake

Over the years, you may have heard different suggestions as to how much water you need to drink. These suggestions can vary wildly, from drinking 6 cups of water to 16 on a daily basis.

To clear things up, as a general rule drinking at least 8 large glasses of water a day is consistent with a healthy diet. But it is important to recognize that not everyone needs to drink the same amount of water every day, just like not everyone needs the same caloric intake.

I suggest that people determine the specific amount of water they need to drink each day based on the following 3 factors:

  • Weight. People who are heavier generally need to drink more water than people who are lighter. As a starting point, take your weight and divide it by half; this is approximately how many ounces of water you need to drink each day.
  • Additional fluid intake. Most people drink other fluids during the day besides water. An occasional can of soda, cup of coffee, or sports drink can count towards your 8 glasses of water; but aim for at least half of your daily fluid intake to be water.
  • Physical activity. For every 30 minutes you exercise per day, drink an additional 10 ounces of water.

Do I need to drink more water if I have back pain?

You may be wondering if you need to drink more fluids than the suggested daily intake if your back pain is severe. The thought behind this is that if water brings nutrients to your lower back, a lot of water will bring even more nutrients.

But the reality is that an intake of fluids in excess of the recommended daily amount has almost no significant health benefits. On the flip side, excessive fluid intake can result in health complications for individuals with heart conditions, high blood pressure, or swelling in your lower legs.

Tips for drinking more water

If you are not currently meeting your recommended daily intake of water, there are several small changes you can make to help you meet your goal. These include:

  • Drink a glass of water every morning before you brush your teeth.
  • Fill a reusable water bottle and keep it with you throughout your day. Consider purchasing a water bottle with a built-in infuser—which allows you to add fruits and veggies for flavor.
  • Treat water like an appetizer; enjoy a glass before each and every meal.
  • Download an app to your phone to help you keep track of your fluid intake goals (e.g. Daily Water & Waterlogged).

I hope all of the above advice will help you drink enough water every day; which in turn can keep your spine healthy and happy.


Food for Thought: Diet and Nutrition for a Healthy Back – Spine Health

As most people are well aware, good nutrition and a balanced diet are important components of overall health.

What may surprise people with back problems is that diet, exercise, and maintaining a healthy weight also play a major role specific to back health—including the prevention of many problems and improved healing.

The bones, muscles and other structures in the spine need proper nutrition so they are strong enough to support the body and to perform their other functions. As a general rule, it is recommended to include the following back-friendly nutrients into a daily diet.

Choosing the Right Foods for Optimal Nutrition

Eating a balanced diet with the right amount and variety of vitamins and nutrients can reduce back problems by nourishing the bones, muscles, discs and other structures in the spine. While a healthy diet calls for many vitamins and nutrients, this partial list highlights a number of healthy choices that can be directly beneficial for back pain.

Calcium has received much attention as the most prominent of bone minerals. It is essential for bone health and helps maintain the necessary level of bone mass throughout the lifespan, and especially in old age. Adequate calcium intake is particularly important to help prevent the development of osteoporosis, a disorder characterized by weak and brittle bones that can result in painful vertebral fractures in the spine.

However, calcium alone will not make strong bones, as evidenced by the high rate of osteoporosis despite high calcium supplementation. Calcium must be balanced with other synergistic nutrients for strong bones.

Calcium is found in many foods, most popularly in dairy products such as yogurt, cheese, and milk. Other common sources of calcium include dark green leafy vegetables such as kale and bok choy, many legumes, some types of fish such as sardines and salmon (for example, canned with bones), and a variety of other foods such as almonds, oranges, tofu, and blackstrap molasses.

Magnesium is a key mineral in the structure of the bone matrix and is also required for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body. If blood magnesium levels drop, magnesium will be pulled from the bones. Magnesium deficiency is common and supplementation can assist in maintaining bone density and preventing back problems. This nutrient also helps in relaxing and contracting muscles, making it necessary for strengthening the muscles that support the spine.

Magnesium is found in green leafy vegetables, fish, beans, seeds, nuts, whole grains, yogurt, avocados, bananas, and dark chocolate (70% cocoa or higher).

Vitamin D3 helps the body absorb calcium, which is crucial for the development of strong and healthy bones. Without sufficient vitamin D, bones can become thin, brittle, or misshapen. Vitamin D deficiency is common. Levels in the body can be measured with a blood test that can be ordered by your healthcare professional.

Vitamin D is found naturally in only a few foods, including fatty fish (salmon), liver (or cod liver oil), and egg yolks. In the U.S., milk and some cereals, juices, and breads are fortified with vitamin D. It can also be attained through nutritional supplementation and time spent in the sun.

Vitamin K2 acts as a director for bone minerals, properly distributing calcium out of the soft tissues and depositing it into bone. It is critical for healthy bone metabolism and is often deficient in the diet.

The combination of vitamin K2 and calcium works to help bones in the spine and throughout the body stay strong and healthy. Vitamin K1 is the plant form of vitamin K, which is converted to vitamin K2 by healthy digestive bacteria.

Vitamin K2 is found in healthy fats of meats, cheeses, egg yolks, and other dairy products, and K1 is found in green leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale, and broccoli.

Vitamin C is necessary for collagen formation, the substance that holds the body together, found in the bones, muscles, skin and tendons, and is an important part of the process that enables cells to form into tissue. It also functions as an antioxidant. Adequate vitamin C intake is vital for healing injured muscles, tendons, ligaments, and intervertebral discs, as well as for keeping the vertebrae strong.

Vitamin C can be found in fruits such as strawberries, kiwi and citrus fruits (oranges, guavas, grapefruits), as well as in many vegetables such as tomatoes, broccoli, spinach, red and green peppers, and sweet potatoes. It is commonly available in supplement form.

Proteins are critical components of bone, although they can be easily overlooked with all the focus on minerals. Protein is a key building block for body structure, so daily consumption is critical for maintaining, healing, and repairing the bones, cartilage, and soft tissues. Proteins also play a key role in digestion and the functions of the immune system.

Collagen proteins make up 30% of the dry weight of bone. Collagen formation requires a regular supply of amino acids along with adequate vitamin C to incorporate them.

Glucosamine is an amino acid, which can be found in high concentrations in cartilage and connective tissue. Chondroitin is a substance that occurs naturally in connective tissues and as a supplement, and is often taken with glucosamine.

As a cautionary tale, some studies have shown that when a person consume too much protein in relation to calcium over a long period of time, calcium can be leached from the bones as excess protein is burned. While both protein and calcium are deemed necessary for healthy bones, more research is needed to determine the recommended consumption ratio of protein to calcium and how the two substances affect each other.1

Vitamin B12 is required in the formation of the body’s bone-building cells and is necessary for healthy formation of red blood cells in the bone marrow. Vitamin B12 deficiency anemia has been associated with osteoporosis.

Vitamin B12 is found in animal proteins such as eggs, fish, poultry or meat products, and dairy products such as milk, yogurt, and cheese. Since vitamin B12 is not found in plants, vegetarians should consider supplementing to prevent anemia.

Iron plays a role in the production of collagen and in the conversion of vitamin D to its active form. It is also a component of hemoglobin and myoglobin, two proteins responsible for delivering oxygen throughout the body, including to the tissues that support the spine.


Người bị thoái hóa cột sống có nên chạy bộ không? – Các lưu ý khi chạy bộ

Thoái hóa cột sống có nên chạy bộ không là vấn đề khiến nhiều người phải suy nghĩ. Thông thường, thoái hóa cột sống được điều trị bằng thuốc cùng một số bài tập vật lý trị liệu, vậy ngài các bài tập này ra, người bị thoái hóa cột sống có chạy bộ được không? Chúng ta cùng tìm hiểu qua bài viết bên dưới nhé!

Thoái hóa cột sống có nên chạy bộ không?

Chạy bộ là môn thể thao giống như đi bộ, nhưng ở cấp độ và cường độ cao hơn, là phương pháp di chuyển nhanh và liên tục với đôi chân. Theo các chuyên gia nhận định, dù chạy bộ là bài tập quá sức đối với những người bị bệnh xương khớp, nhưng với người bị thoái hóa cột sống, nếu làm đúng cách thì chạy bộ là bài tập khá tốt.

Người bị thoái hóa cột sống có nên chạy bộ hay không?

Nếu chạy với cường độ nhẹ, đều đặn thì sẽ giúp những khớp xương sống của người tập được hoạt động, khiến các cơ linh hoạt hơn, các bó cơ được thư giãn, từ đó các rễ thần kinh được giải phóng khỏi áp lực do cứng cơ…

Nhưng nếu như chạy không đúng cách, người bệnh sẽ dễ dàng gặp phải các chấn thương cột sống, do lực tác động khi chạy, lúc này việc đau nhức trở lên dữ dội hơn. Chính cì thế mà các bác sĩ luôn khuyên người bệnh khởi động trước khi chạy, và chỉ chạy với mực vừa phải và không quá nhanh.

Người chạy bộ có thể thực hiện các bài tập thể dục, động tác nhẹ trước khi chạy coi như một bài tập khởi động. Việc khởi động rất quan trọng, nó có thể giúp các bó cơ giãn ra, các khớp trơn tru hơn khi bắt đầu chạy. Việc thực hiện bài khởi động cũng giúp người chạy giảm tối đa ngu cơ bị chuột rút.

Người bị thoái hóa cột sống cần chú ý những gì khi chạy bộ

Chạy bộ là bài tập mang lại nhiều lợi ích cho người bệnh, chính vì thế mà nên thực hiện một cách đầy đặn. Để có thể áp dụng bài chạy bộ cho người bị thoái hóa cột sống, người bệnh cần lưu ý một số vấn đề dưới đây, để tránh gây ra các tổn thương không đáng có. Các lưu ý bao gồm:

  • Nên chạy bộ với tốc độ chậm, không cần chạy nhanh và quá xa. có thể từ từ tăng thời gian và quãng đường lên nếu như không có dấu hiệu bị đau hơn. Người bệnh nên làm quen từ từ, không cần vội vàng vì có thể gây ra đau đớn nếu không kịp thích ứng.
  • Nên chọn giày, quần áo rộng rãi, thoải mái. Không nên mặc độ hoặc đi giày quá chật, như thế sẽ gây cản trở và khó khăn hơn trong quá trình luyện tập.
  • Nên chạy ở những nơi có địa hình bằng phẳng, có thể là công viên hoặc quanh bờ hồ. Tránh các con đường gồ ghề, khó đi. Trước khi thực hiện bài chạy bộ, người bị thoái hóa cột sống nên khởi động trước, để cơ thể nóng lên tránh bị chuột rút.
  • Không mang theo nhiều đồ dùng cồng kềnh và tạo gánh nặng cho cột sống. Không những thế, nếu mang nhiều đồ, khi chạy sẽ rất bất tiện.
  • Tuyệt đối không chạy bộ khi mới ăn no hoặc đang đói quá. Trong lúc đang thực hiện bài tập, nên để đầu óc thoải mái, như vậy mới có kết quả tố, thông thường sẽ chạy ít nhất vào 2h sau khi ăn.
  • Người bị thoái hóa cột sống không nên gắng sức chạy thật nhanh, thật xa. Nếu thấy cơ thể mệt hoặc bị đau quá thì có thể dừng lại nghỉ ngơi, khi cơ thể ổn định thì có thể tiếp tục chạy.
  • Ngoài việc chạy bộ ra, người bị thoái hóa cột sống còn cần chú ý tới chế độ sinh dưỡng. Việc bổ sung dinh dưỡng là yếu tố rất quan trọng để cơ thể mau chóng hồi phục. Việc tránh xa các loại chất kích thích, đồ uống có cồn là ưu tiên đầu tiên. Người bệnh cũng thường xuyên nên gặp bác sĩ để có thể theo dõi bệnh sát sao.

Hy vọng những thông tin ở trên có thể giúp bệnh nhân giải đáp được vấn đề “thoái hóa cột sống có nên chạy bộ không”. Khi luyện tập tránh việc bị kiệt sức do chạy cố, hãy để cơ thể được nghỉ ngơi. Bài viết tới đây là hết rồi, mọi câu hỏi vui lòng để lại dưới phần bình luận.

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Why causes Degenerative Disk Disease? – WEBMD

Degenerative disk disease is when normal changes that take place in the disks of your spine cause pain.

Spinal disks are like shock absorbers between the vertebrae, or bones, of your spine. They help your back stay flexible, so you can bend and twist. As you get older, they can show signs of wear and tear. They begin to break down and may not work as well.

Nearly everyone’s disks break down over time, but not everyone feels pain. If worn-out spinal disks are the reason you’re hurting, you have degenerative disk disease.

What Causes It?

Your spinal disks are made up of a soft inner core and a tough outer wall. The disks change in ways that may cause degenerative disk disease, such as:

Dry out. When you’re born, the disks in your spine are mostly made up of water. As you age, they lose water and get thinner. Flatter disks can’t absorb shocks as well. The water loss also means less cushion or padding between your vertebrae. This can lead to other problems in your spine that may cause pain.

Crack. The stress of everyday movements and minor injuries over the years can cause tiny tears in the outer wall, which contains nerves. Any tears near the nerves can become painful. And if the wall breaks down, the disk’s soft core may push through the cracks. The disk may bulge, or slip out of place, which is called a slipped or herniated disk. It can affect nearby nerves.

What Are the Symptoms?

You’ll probably feel a sharp or constant pain in your back and neck. Your exact symptoms depend on where the weak disk is and other changes it has caused.

Common signs include pain that:

  • Is in your lower back, buttocks, or upper thighs
  • Comes and goes. It can be nagging or severe, and can last from a few days to a few months.
  • Feels worse when you sit, and better when you move and walk
  • Feels worse when you bend, lift, or twist
  • Gets better when you change positions or lie down

In some cases, degenerative disk disease can lead to numbness and tingling in your arms and legs. It can also cause your leg muscles to become weak. This means the damaged disks may be affecting the nerves near your spine.

How Is It Diagnosed?

Your doctor will talk to you about your medical history and your symptoms. He may ask you:

  • When the pain started
  • Which part of your spine hurts
  • If it has spread to other parts of your body
  • If you’ve had past spine injuries
  • If you have a family history of similar problems

He’ll look at your spine for signs of the condition, like pain in your lower back or neck. He may also ask you to walk or bend to see which movements cause pain.

Your doctor may order an X-ray or MRI to check for bone or nerve damage near your spine.

How Is It Treated?

The goal is to ease pain and stop more damage. Your doctor will suggest the best plan for you, based on your symptoms and how serious your condition is. Treatment may include:

Medication. Over-the-counter pain relievers like aspirin and ibuprofen can help fight inflammation. They can ease your pain and lessen swelling. Your doctor may prescribe a stronger drug for pain if you need it.

Degenerative disk disease may also lead to muscle spasms. Your doctor may suggest medicine to help relieve them.

Physical therapy. Specific movements make the muscles in your neck and back stronger and more flexible. This supports the spine.

In most cases, physical therapy and pain medication are enough for long-term relief.

Steroid shots. These have strong medications to ease pain, swelling, and inflammation. Your doctor may suggest you get a shot in the epidural space in your back, a fluid-filled area around the spinal cord, or get one in your nerve or muscle.


If other treatments don’t work, your doctor may recommend surgery. One procedure, called a discectomy, removes the injured part of the disk. This helps take pressure off your nerves.

In some cases, your doctor might remove the whole disk and put an artificial one in. If you have a severe problem, your doctor might fuse (permanently connect) the bones in your spine after he removes the disk.


All about degenerative disc disease – Medical News Today

There may be weakness, numbness, and pain that radiates down the leg.

Despite its name, degenerative disc disease is not a disease, but a natural occurrence that comes with aging.

The rubbery discs between the vertebrae normally allow for flexing and bending of the back, like shock absorbers. In time, they become worn, and they no longer offer as much protection as before.


The disc will sometimes bulge between the vertebrae. This is known as a herniated disc.

Treatment may include occupational therapy, physical therapy, or both, special exercises, medications, losing weight, and surgery.

Medical options include injecting the joints next to the damaged disc with steroids and a local anesthetic. These are called facet joint injections. They can provide effective pain relief.

Facet rhizotomy is a radiofrequency current that deadens the nerves around the facet joint, preventing pain signals from reaching the brain. Patients who respond well to facet joint injections may benefit from these. Pain relief may last for more than a year.

Intradiscal electrothermal annuloplasty (IDET) involves inserting a catheter into the disc and heating it. This appears to reduce pain, possibly by causing collagen to contract so that it repairs damage in the disc. The exact mechanism remains unclear.

Medications include pain relief medication, such as Tylenol, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen. Steroids and muscle relaxers may also be prescribed.

Some positions can help relieve symptoms. Kneeling or reclining, for example, may be less painful than sitting.

A corset or brace can offer support for the back.


Disc degeneration may cause no symptoms, or the pain may be so intense that the individual cannot continue with their daily activities.

The condition starts with damage to the spine, but in time, symptoms can affect other parts of the body. Symptoms usually get worse with age.

The discomfort can range from mild to severe and debilitating. It can lead to osteoarthritis, with pain and stiffness in the back.

The most common early symptom is usually pain and weakness in the back that radiates to another area.

If the damage is in the lower back, or lumbar spine, the discomfort may radiate to the buttocks and upper thighs. There may also be tingling, numbness, or both, in the legs or feet.

If the damage is in the neck area, or cervical spine, the pain may spread to the shoulder, arm, and hand.

There may also be instability in the spine, leading to muscle spasms in the lower back or neck, as the body tries to stabilize the vertebrae. This can be painful.

The individual may experience flareups of intense pain.

The pain may be worse when sitting, bending, lifting, or twisting. Walking, lying down, and changing position may help relieve it.

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Intervertebral discs, also known as intervertebral fibrocartilage or spinal discs, provide the padding between the vertebrae of the spine. They have an elastic structure, made of fibrocartilage tissue.

The outer part of the disc is known as the annulus fibrosus. It is tough and fibrous, and it consists of several overlapping layers.

The inner core of the disc is the nucleus pulposus. It is soft and gelatinous.

The intervertebral discs cushion the stress when the spine moves or bears weight. They also help the spine to bend.

As people age, repeated daily stresses on the spine and occasional injuries, including minor, unnoticed ones, can damage the discs in the back.

Changes include:

  • Loss of fluid: The intervertebral discs of a healthy young adult consist of up to 90 percent fluid. With age, the fluid content decreases, making the disc thinner. The distance between vertebrae becomes smaller, and it becomes less effective as a cushion, or shock-absorber.
  • Disc structure: Very small tears or cracks develop in the outer layer of the disc. The soft and gelatinous material in the inner part may seep through the cracks or tears, resulting in a bulging or rupturing disc. The disc may break into fragments.

When the vertebrae have less padding between them, the spine becomes less stable.

To compensate, the body builds osteophytes, or bone spurs, small bony projections that develop along the edge of bones. These projections can press against the spinal cord or spinal nerve roots. They can undermine nerve function and cause pain.

Other problems include:

  • a breakdown of cartilage, the tissue that cushions the joints
  • a bulging disc, known as a herniated disc
  • a narrowing of the spinal canal, or spinal stenosis

These changes can affect the nerves, leading to pain, weakness, and numbness.

Risk factors

Age is the biggest risk factor, but some other factors can speed up the process of degeneration.

These include:

  • obesity
  • strenuous physical work
  • tobacco smoking
  • an acute or sudden injury, such as a fall

Degenerative disc pain can start when a major or minor injury leads to sudden and unexpected back pain, or it can present as a slight back pain that gets worse over time.


The doctor will ask about symptoms, when and where the pain occurs, whether there is tingling or numbness, and which situations cause the most pain. They will also ask about any falls, injuries, or accidents.

A physical examination may assess for:

  • Muscle strength: The doctor may check for atrophy, wasting, or abnormal movements.
  • Pain with motion or in response to touch: The patient will be asked to move in specific ways. If pressure applied to the lower back causes pain, there may be a degenerated disc.
  • Nerve function: The physician taps different areas with a reflex hammer. Poor or no reaction could indicate a compressed nerve root. Hot and cold stimuli may be used to see how well the nerves react to temperature changes.

The doctor may order the following diagnostic tests:

  • Imaging scans, such as CT or MRI, to gather information about the state of the spinal nerves, the discs, and how they are aligned.
  • A discogram, which involves injecting a dye into the soft center of the disc, or several discs. The aim is to see whether the disc is painful. The dye shows up on a CT scan or X-ray. Discogram usage may be controversial, however, because herniated discs do not always cause symptoms.

The doctor may also test for other conditions, such as a tumor or other kinds of damage, to ensure a correct diagnosis.


Physical therapy and exercise that strengthens the core, such as yoga or pilates, can help manage degenerative disc disease.

Exercises can help to strengthen and stabilize the area around the affected disks, and to increase mobility.

Exercises that build the back and stomach muscles include walking, cycling, and swimming, as well as core strengthening programs, such as yoga and pilates.

The United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS) recommends some simple exercises to try at home.

Lie on your back on the floor or on a bed, with the feet flat on the floor.

1. Press the lower back down into the floor. Hold for 5 seconds. Repeat 10 times.

2. In the same position, squeeze the buttocks together and gently lift them up to make a low bridge. If it is difficult to make a bridge, just squeezing the buttocks can help. Do this 10 times.

3. Gently move the knees from side to side.

Lifting weights may help, but this must be done under guidance and without bending the body.


Patients who do not respond to conservative therapies within about 3 months may consider surgery.

This may be an option if there is:

  • back or leg pain that stops the patient from carrying out regular activities
  • numbness or weakness in the legs
  • difficulty standing or walking

The following surgical options are available:

If conservative management does not have the intended effect, spinal surgery may be required to correct the degenerated disc.

Stabilization surgery or spinal fusion: fusing two vertebrae together provides stability for the spine.

This can be done anywhere in the spine but is more common in the lower back and the neck area. These are the most movable parts of the spine.

This can relieve extreme pain in patients whose spine can no longer bear their weight, but it can also speed up the degeneration of the discs next to the fused vertebrae.

Decompression surgery: Various options to remove part of the joint of the disc can relieve the pressure on the nerves.

A patient who develops osteoarthritis, a herniated disc, or spinal stenosis may need other types of treatment.

Stem cell therapy

Researchers at the University of Queensland, Australia, have had some success with a tissue engineering-based approach using stem cells.

The aim is to encourage functional cartilage to generate itself, using an injectable hydrogel system. The researchers concluded that stem cell therapy might be useful for intervertebral disc regeneration.

The verdict is still out, and many more studies are needed to prove this treatment safe and effective.


Degenerative spine conditions – UC Davis Health

What are degenerative spine conditions?

Degenerative spine conditions involve the gradual loss of normal structure and function of the spine over time. They are usually caused by aging, but may also be the result of tumors, infections or arthritis. Pressure on the spinal cord and nerve roots caused by degeneration can be caused by:

  • Slipped or herniated discs 
  • Spinal stenosis, or narrowing of the spinal canal
  • Osteoarthritis, or breakdown of the cartilage at the spinal joints                       

What are the symptoms of degenerative spine conditions?                                                           

In general, symptoms of a degenerating spine include:

  • Spinal deformity
  • Limited motion
  • Pain
    • Sharp or chronic
    • With movement or at rest
  • Nerve injuries
    • Weakness
    • Sensory loss
    • Bladder and bowel function problems
    • Sexual dysfunction           

How are degenerative spine conditions diagnosed?

Diagnosis of degenerative spine conditions begins with an X-ray study of the backbones. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is used to view discs, nerves and the spinal canal space. Computed tomography (CT) may be used to resolve any inconsistencies between the MRI and the patient’s symptoms. Sometimes disc studies, also known as discograms, may be ordered to determine if a patient’s pain is being caused by a damaged spinal disc.                       

How are degenerative spine conditions treated?

Treatment of a degenerating spine depends on the type and severity of the condition. In most cases, non-surgical treatment is all that is required. These treatments may include exercise to increase flexibility and muscle strength, braces or medication. Your doctor may also prescribe minimally invasive delivery of pain medication and/or steroids via epidural injection. The spine center specialists in the Pain Intervention Clinic will provide the specialized care needed to relieve the pain of spinal conditions. Surgery may be required in more severe cases involving herniated discs or spinal stenosis.


Common Symptoms of Degenerative Disc Disease – Spine Health

Degenerative disc disease most commonly occurs in the cervical spine (neck) or the lumbar spine (lower back), as these areas of the spine undergo the most motion and are most susceptible to wear and tear.

cervical degenerative disc disease pain

Possible symptoms of cervical degenerative disc disease include radiating pain in the shoulders, arms, and hands. The most indicative symptom of degenerative disc disease is a low-grade, continuous pain around the degenerating disc that occasionally flares up into more severe, potentially 

Pain flare-ups can be related to recent activity and abnormal stress on the spine, or they may arise suddenly with no obvious cause. Episodes can last between a few days to several weeks before returning to low levels of pain or temporarily going away entirely.

Other common symptoms of degenerative disc disease include:

  • Increased pain with activities that involve bending or twisting the spine, as well as lifting something heavy
  • A “giving out” sensation, caused by spinal instability, in which the neck or back feels as if it is unable to provide basic support, and may lock up and make movement feel difficult.
  • Muscle tension or muscle spasms, which are common effects of spinal instability. In some cases, a degenerated disc may cause no pain but muscle spasms are severely painful and temporarily debilitating.
  • Possible radiating pain that feels sharp, stabbing, or hot. In cases of cervical disc degeneration, this pain is felt in the shoulder, arm, or hand (called a cervical radiculopathy); in cases of lumbar disc degeneration, pain is felt in the hips, buttocks, or down the back of the leg (called a lumbar radiculopathy).
    See Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease Symptoms
  • Increased pain when holding certain positions, such as sitting or standing for extended periods (exacerbating low back pain), or looking down too long at a cell phone or book (worsening neck pain).
    See Neck Pain Symptoms
  • Reduced pain when changing positions frequently, rather than remaining seated or standing for prolonged periods. Likewise, regularly stretching the neck can decrease cervical disc pain, and taking short, frequent walks during the day can decrease lumbar disc pain.
    See Lower Back Pain Symptoms
  • Decreased pain with certain positions, such as sitting in a reclining position or lying down with a pillow under the knees, or using a pillow that maintains the neck’s natural curvature during sleep.

The amount of chronic pain—referred to as the baseline pain—is quite variable between individuals and can range from almost no pain or just a nagging level of irritation, to severe and disabling pain.

Chronic pain from degenerative disc disease that is severe and completely disabling does happen in some cases, but is relatively rare.

Diagnosing Degenerative Disc Disease

The following process is typically used to diagnose degenerative disc disease:

  • A medical history is collected that details current and past symptoms of neck or back pain, including when the pain started, how often pain occurs, where pain is felt, and the severity of pain and its impact on mobility. A medical history may also include information on sleep and dietary habits, exercise and activity level, and how symptoms are eased or worsened by activity or posture.
  • A physical exam is conducted, which may include feeling along the spine for abnormalities (palpation), a reflex test, and/or a range of motion test that includes bending the spine forward, backward, or to the side.
  • An imaging test may be ordered in some cases to find or confirm disc degeneration in the spinal column. An MRI scan is usually used for suspected disc degeneration, which can show disc dehydration, tears or fissures in the disc, or a herniated disc. A dehydrated disc may be referred to as a dark disc or black disc, because it looks darker on an MRI scan.

It is important to note that the amount of pain does not correlate to the amount of disc degeneration. Severely degenerated discs may not produce much pain at all, and discs with little degeneration can produce severe pain—a handful of studies have found prevalent disc degeneration in people not experiencing any disc pain.1,2

For this reason, a diagnosis of degenerative disc disease should always rely on a combination of a medical history, a physical exam, and any imaging tests ordered.

As a final note, it is helpful for patients to know that the amount of pain does not correlate to the amount of damage in the spine. Severely degenerated discs may not produce much pain at all, and discs with little degeneration can produce severe pain. What this means for patients is that even if they are experiencing severe pain, it does not necessarily mean that there is something seriously wrong with their spine and does not necessarily mean that they need surgery to repair any damage.


What is degenerative spine? – Cleveland Clinic

Degenerative Back Condition Fundamentals

Degenerative changes in the spine are those that cause the loss of normal structure and/or function. They are not typically due to a specific injury but rather to age. Repeated strains, sprains, and overuse of the back cause a gradual degeneration of the disks of the spine. Nearly everyone experiences some disk degeneration after age 40.

What is degenerative spine? - Cleveland Clinic

Since most patients do improve with time and non-operative treatment, surgery is only recommended when degeneration or disk herniation produces persistent back pain or leg pain from nerve compression. A comprehensive back program, combining physical therapy, activity modification, pain management, and appropriate surgery when indicated provides each individual with his or her best chance of recovery.

What causes the pain?

Degenerative back conditions erode the disk’s ability to handle mechanical stress, leading to back pain. Many patients with persistent pain are found to suffer from symptomatic disk degeneration, a condition in which the disk loses its normal water content and its ability to absorb weight and shock during motion. These changes are part of the normal aging process, in that everyone experiences disk degeneration as they age, but only some of the disks with these changes ever produce symptoms of pain.

When young, our disks are soft and serve as a cushion for the vertebrae. As we age, the material in these disks becomes less supple and the disks erode, losing some height. As they narrow, their ability to cushion the vertebrae decreases, resulting in changing the position of the vertebrae and the ligaments that connect them. As the vertebrae shift and affect other bones, the nerves can get caught or pinched and muscle spasms can occur. As disk degeneration progresses, disks may become inflamed and collapse.

In the late stages of spinal degeneration, bony spurs form and may lead to spinal stenosis. In this condition, the spinal canal becomes too small and presses on the nerve roots, leading to pain and nerve dysfunction in the legs.

The following symptoms may indicate you have a degenerative back condition:

  • Pain caused by lifting objects or twisting
  • Pain that travels down one leg (sciatica)

What are my treatment options?

Medical Treatments

When back pain is acute, your doctor will likely prescribe bed rest for a short period of time. After that, you should engage in regular stretching and low-impact exercise. Stretching can improve muscle flexibility. Low-impact exercise promotes muscular endurance, coordination, strength, strong abdominal muscles and weight loss. Strong abdominal muscles work like a brace to reduce the loads to the lumbar spine. Other types of treatment include:

  • Drug therapy, such as anti-inflammatory agents, muscle relaxants and acetaminophen
  • Manipulation to improve spinal mobility
  • Heat
  • Acupuncture
Surgical Treatments

If pain persists despite medical treatment, your doctor may recommend surgery. Listed below are surgical treatment options for degenerative back conditions:

  • Laminectomies are recommended when you have spinal stenosis. In a laminectomy, the lamina, or back portion of the spine, is removed to give the nerves more room and reduce inflammation. Although the lamina will not grow back, scar tissue will develop and will protect the spinal nerves.
  • Spinal fusion is recommended in the most severe degenerative back conditions and involves joining the bones together with screws or bone grafts to provide stability. It may be combined with laminectomy surgery. The surgery lasts several hours and can be done using one of two methods:
    • Bone is removed from elsewhere in the body or obtained from a bone bank. This bone is used to create a bridge between vertebrae and stimulate the growth of new bone.
    • Metal implants, such as rods, hooks, wires, or screws, are secured to the vertebrae to hold them together until new bone grows between them.

Surgical removal of an inferior disk may involve the removal of disk fragments and compression of the nerve. Micro-discectomy is often a preferred procedure requiring smaller incisions resulting in reduced scarring and a more rapid recovery.

What are the risks of surgery? Is the surgery safe?

Several common risks include nerve injury, infection, bleeding, and stiffness.

Risks of surgery are dependent on the individual, please discuss your risk level with your surgeon, prior to surgery.

How do I prepare for surgery?

To prepare for surgery quit smoking if you smoke, exercise on a regular basis to improve your recovery rate, stop taking any non-essential medications and any herbal remedies which may react with anesthetics or other medications and ask your surgeon all the questions you may have.

What are the Cleveland Clinic physician credentials?

  • All doctors at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Spine Health are fellowship-trained and board-certified or board-eligible in orthopaedic surgery, medical spine or neurosurgery. In addition, our surgeons have subspecialty training and years of experience in spine surgery.
  • All Cleveland Clinic staff radiologists are board-certified or board-eligible in radiology or have the international equivalent.
  • All Cleveland Clinic staff rehabilitation specialists are board-certified or board-eligible in physical medicine and rehabilitation, or have the international equivalent.

How do I make an appointment?

Call 216.636.5860 or toll free 1.866.588.2264, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time)

Are there other resources that I can go to for more information on the procedure?

Patients can go to the following resources for more information on this procedure:

Why should I seek a second opinion regarding treatment for this procedure?

As modern medical care grows more complex, patients can feel overwhelmed. The opportunity to consult a recognized authority about a particular diagnosis and treatment can bring peace of mind at an emotionally difficult time. A second opinion may be beneficial when:

  • You are uncertain about having surgery.
  • You still have questions or concerns about your current treatment.
  • A controversial or experimental treatment is recommended.
  • You have multiple medical problems.
  • You have choices to make about treatment.

A convenient way to obtain a second opinion is eCleveland Clinic, a contemporary adaptation of Cleveland Clinic’s 80-year tradition as a nationally designated referral center. An easy-to-use, secure, from-home second opinion service, eCleveland Clinic utilizes sophisticated Internet technology to make the skills of some of our specialists available to patients and their physicians, anytime, anywhere. With eCleveland Clinic’s personalized access, no patient need ever to feel unsure or uninformed when faced with what could potentially be one of the most important decisions of their life.


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