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What is Degenerative Disc Disease?

Deborah Dekleva

Degenerative Disc Disease is pain, weakness, or numbness coming from a degenerated disc in the spine. It is not quite a disease, but a term used to describe normal changes that take place in your spinal discs as you age. Spinal discs separate the vertebrae that make up the spine. The discs absorb shock and allow the spine to bend, twist and flex. Most often, degeneration occurs in the neck and the lower back.

Some people are more likely to have a breakdown in their spinal discs. If you are obese, smoke, do heavy lifting, or have an acute injury, you are more likely to suffer from pain associated with degeneration. The pain can be minimal or limit activities. It varies from person to person. The pain often gets worse with movement such as bending, lifting or twisting. 

Doctors often prescribe over-the-counter medication or stronger treatments that provide short term, or little relief. As a natural alternative, Milkweed Balm can be applied to the back or neck for a few times a day. Milkweed Balm contains a natural blend of oils that have anti-inflammatory properties. 

Degenerative Disc Disease is a common condition. It can be chronic or last for years without proper care. You don’t need to live in pain. If you are suffering, try Milkweed Balm.


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