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Degenerative Disc Disease

What is Degenerative Disc Disease?

Degenerative Disc Disease sounds a lot more horrendous than it actually is. It is not really a disease and it is not strictly degenerative. It is a common age related process and some studies show that as many as 48% of healthy adults between the ages of 20-22 had at least one degenerated disc. Pain can be experienced but is more likely to come from inflammation and stiffness rather than the degenerated disc itself. Physiotherapy will help treat these issues.

The intervertevral discs are shock-absorbing rings that sit between the vertebrae. They are important for movement and shock absorption and also to create enough space between the vertebrae to allow the nerves to run through the spine. Over time the discs lose some of their water content and begin to ‘dry out’. Physiotherapy and the correct Clinical Pilates exercises and other exercises such as walking and swimming can help keep the area around the disc to stay as healthy as possible during this process.

How we treat Degenerative Disc Disease:

Pain is usually caused by inflammation and stiffness of the vertebrae so naturally treatment will focus around these two issues. At Z10 Physiotherapy we will aim to either fully resolve your pain or at least have a substantial impact. Significant improvements are expected after just one session. Treatment intensity will depend on your current pain levels, with the aim to make treatment as pain free as possible.

At Z10, we use a combination of innovative treatment techniques learnt from world class international physiotherapists. Treatment will include:

  • Vertebral mobilisations to decrease pain and inflammation around the painful area and to release muscle spasm 
  • Soft tissue massage to decrease sensitivity and inflammation around the inflamed vertebrae
  • Dry Needling to reduce muscle spasm
  • Ultrasound to decrease inflammation and reduce pain
  • Strapping/kinesiology tape to protect and support the area during the acute phase of pain
  • Pilates exercises to strengthen the weakened muscles and develop core stability
  • Stretches to improve flexibility and improve posture
  • Orthotics (insoles) can be fitted to reduce the stress on the lower back
  • Ergonomic education to reduce risk of recurrence

Frequently Asked Questions

Each session is €70. Students and Medical Card holders cost €60.

Each appointment usually lasts 30mins.

No. You can make an appointment without a referral from your GP. If on assessment we deem your condition requires GP input we will refer you on.

Yes, we accept all major cards.

We are recognized by all the major insurance companies and you do not need a referral letter from your provider. The amount that can be claimed varies depending on your plan. Treatment costs are also tax deductible via a Med-1 form.
So for example, if you spend €60.00 on physiotherapy and you receive €40 from your health insurance company, then the remainder €20 is subject to tax relief. If you’re in the 42% bracket you can receive a further €8.40 in tax relief.

We would advise to wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing. We usually need to inspect the affected area so please wear clothing that allows for this. If your leg is the the injured area then it’s a good idea to wear shorts.

The treatment for each individual varies. However, following your first appointment we will discuss the anticipated number of treatments. You will be reassessed on each visit. On average, most patients usually require 2-3 treatments.

This varies between people. Some people do experience some short term discomfort which quickly subsides. This is taken into account during your treatment.

Yes, there is plenty of on-street parking available on Bath Avenue, or around the corner on South Lotts Road. For driving directions and information on other transport options you can call us and we will provide you with instructions.