How do I care for someone with a degenerative spinal disease?

Degenerative spinal diseases can cause chronic back and neck pain. While this can pose physical challenges, it can also be an emotional challenge. If you are caring for someone with a degenerative spinal disease, support them in following their treatment plan. This support includes taking medication as prescribed, doing daily physical therapy to strengthen muscles, and making lifestyle changes, like losing weight, to relieve pressure on the spine. Sometimes it may take several attempts to find the right combination of treatment options to relieve pain. Encourage your loved one to join a support group to help cope with the pain and stress.

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