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what are some things i can do to relieve the pain of osteoarthritis and degenerative disc disease in my neck?

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Dr. Tung Nguyen
30 years experience Neurosurgery
Therapy, medications: Initial treatments for ddd and osteoarthritis of the neck include physical therapy, massage, medications. Some try acupuncture or chiropractic manipulation. If symptoms are more severe, consider pain management for stronger medications. Sometimes, despite all these treatments, symptoms are still there. Consider an evaluation by a spine surgeon to discuss surgery.
Answered on Feb 3, 2017
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Dr. Jason Huffman
22 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Therapy: The best long term treatment for neck pain from degenerative changes is strengthening and stretching exercise. Stretching will help maintain motion and strengthening the muscles will provide support for the worn joints and help delay progression. The best way to get into a routine is to work with a physical therapist a few times then transition to an independent exercise program.
Answered on Apr 26, 2014
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