Degenerative disc disease, a term used to describe the effect of aging on the spinal discs, can cause extreme pain when the breakdown results in pressure on the nerves in the spine or a slipped or ruptured disc. The pain location depends on the place of degeneration along the spine, with the neck and lower back the two most common trouble areas. Cervical degenerative disc disease is a common cause of neck pain. Although it is less common than lumbar spine disc degeneration, the condition can brought on by a neck injury or accumulated wear and tear on the neck vertebrae. It's a good idea to begin a habit of visiting the chiropractor once or twice every six months. You will want to visit them even more if you are genetically inclined to back problems, or placed in harm's way more often than average. By seeing a chiropractor now, you can have any minor issues taken care of before they manifest themselves into serious problems and serious pain. Have a diet rich in Vitamin D if you have back pain. A good amount of back pain is caused by poor bone maintenance; Vitamin D supports your bones. Many foods contain Vitamin D, including milk, cheese, certain cereals and fish. I was given a list of stretches to do and advised not to run on hard surfaces. The list of stretches I was given I still do to this day. So I have stretches for my flat feet and stretches for my back , I have to go to the gym 15 minutes before everyone else or stretch in the house before I leave because other wise I would miss my workouts, still on the stretching mats. A Chiropractor offers a wide range of services such as advice on stress management, balanced nutritional program, exercise program advice for a healthy spine and spine manipulation for easing discomfort and pain. Normal crunches will have you lying on the floor and then you would roll the abs so that the crunch effect is achieved. On the exercise ball the abs are flexed throughout. This means that each crunch that you do is more effective. The torso will be lifted by the lower and upper abs. The oblique and stabilizer muscles will make sure you do not fall off the ball. There are three different designs on the market - front, rear and center drive. They all do a good job, but give you a different posture. Center drive Elliptical Machines put you more into an upright position. When a physician has made an accurate diagnosis based on physical examination and evaluation of the pain symptoms, tests are usually unnecessary. Nerve root pain that occurs suddenly and subsides after a few weeks will require no tests. X-rays or back scans will show nothing out of the ordinary for symptoms of simple lower back pain. However, when nerve root pain remains constant or severe, or if there may be a suspected underlying cause for the pain, the doctor may recommend that an x-ray or scan be taken. Other causes of spondylolisthesis include stress fractures (typically seen in gymnasts) and traumatic fractures. Spondylolisthesis may occasionally be associated with bone diseases.