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Some other questions you may have about your spine care.
By receiving care from spine specialists within multiple fields, the diagnosis and treatment process is less likely to become biased or limited. Multidisciplinary care involves a team of specialists that pool together their expertise for the greatest benefit of the patient. Surgery is reserved as the last resort. As a patient, instead of being limited to one medical specialty, you can benefit from the combined expertise of many physicians.
A natural byproduct of aging is the loss of resiliency in spinal discs and a greater tendency for them to herniate, especially when placed under a weighty load, like when we lift heavy objects. Additionally, some people have a family history of degenerative disc disease, which increases their own risk of developing it. When a natural disc herniates or becomes badly degenerated, it loses its shock-absorbing ability, which can narrow the space between vertebrae.
Lying in bed causes muscles to weaken, which slows recovery. Even though activity may be uncomfortable or hurt a bit, this doesn’t mean that it’s worsening your condition. It is actually building strength in the muscles surrounding the vertebrae. This can help achieve a full return to activity. Regardless, studies have shown again and again that activity leads to a quicker return to work.