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MRI shows degeneration of whole spine, cervical and lumbar spondylosis, osteoporosis. Treatment and care?

Hi,I am 40 year old guy. My MRI scan shows that my whole spine has almost degenerated( almost black vertebrae in the scan), I also have cericle spondilosis C7 bulge and lumber spondylosis L4-L5 and L5-L6. Dr Also said that the scan shows that its osteoporatic ( after explaning to me about the shape and size of the vertebrae). What can I do to keep my spine in good condition? Thanks in advance for your help.
Asked On : Sat, 19 Jan 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Jul 2013
Hi, thanks for writing to HCM.

Your description suggests that you have DEGENERATIVE DISC DISEASE.

The initial management of your problem will be as follows -
* Quit smoking, as this will have a detrimental effect on disc degeneration
* avoid lifting heavy weights
* avoid forward bending activities
* Use a lumbosacral back support
* Intermittent pelvic traction
* Maintain optimum body weight,if you are obese
* Physiotherapy to strengthen your back muscles. Physiotherapy has to be done only after the acute pain has subsided.
* Judicious use of analgesics and muscle relaxants.
* Daily intake of calcium supplements to keep your vertebrae strong

If you do not find any relief , then consult an orthopedic surgeon and follow his advice.

Hope this information is helpful. Good day
Answered: Thu, 25 Jul 2013
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