Last week I was discussing neck and lower back pain with my friend Madeline. I was describing my problems to her. Madeline works for a physical therapist and she said I may be helped by the products from Aspen Medical Products.
I've been considering back supports. I've had a diagnosis of degenerative disk disease from the doctor. I've also been to physical therapy. But I still have pain. I'm hoping a back brace will give me some support while I stand for lengthy periods at work. I also lift things, so the brace just might help keep me from straining myself. I learned that with degenerative disk disease, there is not a whole lot that can be done. Degenerative disk disease is common as we get older, it is normal wear and tear on our backs..
Madeline talked to me about spinal stenosis, another common ailment of folks getting older and daily life taking its toll. Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal column which causes a compression of the spinal cord and nerves. A back brace would take the strain off the tired muscles and allow me to feel better sooner. Spondylolisthesis is another common ailment caused by degenerative disk disease or arthritis. This occurs when a vertebra slips forward onto a bone below it. Treatment for spondylolisthesis varies, but the condtion can be helped by a back brace.
I'm glad Madeline told me about Aspen Medical Products. I feel better about trying a back brace. My doctor told me surgery isn't necessary. I will go back to physical therapy, but I think a back brace at work may keep me from doing any more damage.