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spineadvisor: Neck & Back Pain eNewsletter from February 11, 2010
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Standing or Sitting? Which is Better for Degenerative Disc Disease?
Ask the Experts Question

Sitting has always been a problem for me with my degenerative disc disease. Consequently, I have been mostly standing at my workstation because it gets me by. However, I recently had a flare up and am wondering if standing is making my condition worse. I know I should do some sitting and some standing, but do I need to worry about the standing—as long as I make sure I'm using good posture?

—Albany, NY

Ask the Experts Answer

You bring up many great points in this question! First and foremost, it's not surprising to me that your degenerative disc disease (DDD) has made sitting difficult for you. One of the classic symptoms of DDD is pain that worsens when you've been sitting for a lengthy period of time. This is because sitting puts much more pressure on your low back than when you're standing.

But that does not mean that standing alone is the answer to your problems ...

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Graeme Keys, PT, Dip MDT
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Clinical Trial Update
DISCOVER™ Artificial Cervical Disc Study – Degenerative Disc Disease
Research and Treatment Updates

The purpose of this investigational device study is to determine the safety and effectiveness of the DISCOVER™ Artificial Cervical Disc in the treatment of degenerative disc disease in one level in the cervical spine.  The study compares treatment with DISCOVER™ disc to standard anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF).  To learn about the study and who may be a candidate, click here.

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