Lower back DDD L4 and L5
Can inversion therapy aggrevate a DDD
I am visiting a chiropractor , is there any other therapy that would also be beneficial.
Inversion therapy can be a great therapy for DDD. The only caution I would suggest is if you are having leg pain. If you are having radicular symptoms, inversion therapy may aggravate these symptoms. As a physical therapist if you don't have these nerve symptoms I would definitely consider adding inversion therapy as a potential treatment option.
As for other treatment options, I would also suggest doing specific stretching that involves lumbar flexion. For specific pictures of these stretches, visit http://www.joint-pain-solutions.com/degenerative-disc-disease.html
I am also a big believer in utilizing ice to help minimize pain. Apply ice to your lower back, 10 minutes at a time a few times a day.
Between manual physical therapy or chiropractic, stretching, icing, inversion traction, and of course avoiding painful activities, DDD symptoms can greatly improve.
~JTrempe PT, ATC