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what is the treatment for degenerative disc disease?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience Neurology
Non-surgical treat: Best to avoid surgery, if possible. Use of physical therapy, massage, exercise, muscle relaxants, and pain meds can all play a role. Acupuncture may help control the pain, and both osteopaths and chiropractors may assist rehab steps.
Answered on Jan 19, 2019
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Dr. Chukwuka Okafor
15 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Depends on symptoms: Degenerative disc disease, is a misnomer -- and not a disease. Just normal wear & tear that occurs w/ age -- it typically starts in the 2nd decade of life, everyone experiences this--equivalent to skin wrinkles (:degenerative skin disease"), gray hair ("degenerative hair disease"). In of itself needs no treatment. If symptoms present, ask your spine surgeon to guide you through finding the source.
Answered on Jan 19, 2019
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