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Lumbar Disc Disease (cont.)

Next Steps

Follow-up

Most cases of low back pain resolve spontaneously over several weeks. People who do not improve should continue to follow-up with the doctor to see if further imaging or laboratory studies are necessary.

Prevention

The best method to prevent lumbar disc disease is to maintain adequate conditioning and muscle strength. Use proper lifting mechanics and do not lift heavy objects using the lower back muscles as this places unnecessary stress on the back.

Many cases of lumbar disc disease cannot be prevented because it results from a combination of normal degenerative changes that occur with aging and a genetic predisposition.

Outlook

The outlook for patients with lumbar disc disease is very positive. New advancements in surgical treatments, including the lumbar disc replacement, provide a new tool for surgeons to treat this disorder with less risk of altering the normal mechanical environment of the spine.

Support Groups and Counseling

Degenerative Disc Disease Support Group

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/19/2014

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