Its All In The Genes – By Rebecca Lang, Physio4Life’s Senior Physiotherapist

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Mr Colin Natali recently popped into the clinic to give our physiotherapists’ some up to date information on degenerative disc disease (DDD).

Mr Natali is a leading orthopaedic spinal surgeon in the UK. He practices exclusively in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting the neck, thoracic and lumbar spine.

DDD is a common condition affecting many people but there are also some who are asymptomatic. For many years anecdotal evidence has told us that job, work environment and social activities are some of the reasons we develop DDD. Mr Natali presented us with some front line research into this mind boggling news…

DDD is solely attributed to our genes. We can thank our parents for this! But where does our pain come from?

Pain can come from secondary issues such as poor core activation, stiff joints, tight muscles and mechanical load. So yes, what we do and how we do it is important but not the underlying cause of DDD.

As physiotherapists we cannot change the age related degenerations within discs BUT we can help you with factors that could be limiting your day to day activities, participation in sport and exercise and work.

If you wish to have a quick chat with myself or any of our physiotherapists at Physio4Life, please do not hesitate to contact us on 0208 704 5998 or email admin@physio4life.co.uk for more information.

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