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Best treatment for degenerative disc disease?

Best treatment for degenerative disc disease?

A sequence: Degenerative discs leak fluid which sets up a significant inflammation with pain and sometimes dysfunction of sensory and functional nerves. Treatment includes rest, ice (not heat) and good physical therapy along with nsaids. Steroid injections can sometimes help. If the condition persists more than 3 months, surgery is sometimes needed. ...Read more

Dr. Bahman Omrani
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Degenerative Disc Disease (Definition)

Occurs when the normal "spongy" architechture of the disks goes away. The disks normally are between the vertebre in your spine so when the disks degenerate, you lose mobility and eventually the bones can touch together, ...Read more


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What is the best treatment for degenerative disc disease. I am taking pain meds now they do not help at all?

What is the best treatment for degenerative disc disease.  I am taking pain meds now they do not help at all?

Regenerative med: Regenerative medicine may be the best treatment for degenerative medicine. A variety of interventional and non-interevntional options are available other than pain pills. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for degenerative disc disease?

What is the treatment for degenerative disc disease?

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. ...Read more

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What are some treatment options for cervical degenerative disc disease?

What are some treatment options for cervical degenerative disc disease?

Meds/Shots/Surgery: First line--medications (advil, aleve, (naproxen) etc.--avoid opiates if you can!) as needed for pain relief, ergonomic adjustments at work (good seating posture/distance from computer, etc.), gentle neck exercises. Second-line: steroid+/- Lidocaine injections for pain not controlled with medications. These injections last from a few weeks to several months. Third line: neck surgery. The results are mixed! ...Read more

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Are there any non-invasive treatment for cervical herniated discs (degenerative disc disease)?

Are there any non-invasive treatment for cervical herniated discs (degenerative disc disease)?

Yes: Physical therapy, cervical traction, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, chiropractic care, cervical epidural steroid injections are common options. Check out spine-health.Com. ...Read more

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I was recently diagnosed with degenerative disc disease and was told there's no treatment. Is there anything to alleviate the extreme pain associated?

I was recently diagnosed with degenerative disc disease and was told there's no treatment. Is there anything to alleviate the extreme pain associated?

DDD: Whomever told you that you have ddd may have missed the problem. Extreme pain in a young person from "ddd" is rare. If "ddd" is multiple levels, you have scheuermann's disease most likely. If single level, you likely have some sort of instability or stress fracture, infection, or other abnormality. I would suggest another opinion before i relegated myself to this diagnosis the rest of my life. ...Read more

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Back hurting, X-ray showed mild multilevel degenerative disc disease with multilevel anterior endplate osteophytes, meaning & treatment for this?

Back hurting, X-ray showed mild multilevel degenerative disc disease with multilevel anterior endplate osteophytes, meaning & treatment for this?

Osteoarthriitis: Treatment varies depending on symptoms and physical examination from conservative treatment like pain meds, exercise, tens unit, massage, pt, chiropractor and neurosurgical management. ...Read more

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My back hurting X-ray showed mild multilevel degenerative disc disease with multilevel anterior endplate osteophytes, meaning & treatment for this?

My back hurting X-ray showed mild multilevel degenerative disc disease with multilevel anterior endplate osteophytes, meaning & treatment for this?

Diagnosis critical: There don't seem to be many physicians who have skills in diagnosing back disease. Some rheumatologists and some physiatrists and some orthopedic surgeons, but the findings you describe are probably not the cause or related to the pain. ...Read more

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Are there any non-invasive treatments for degenerative disc disease? I want to avoid surgery as long as i can. Is there anything non-invasive that can give me relief from my degenerative disc disease? .

Are there any non-invasive treatments for degenerative disc disease? I want to avoid surgery as long as i can. Is there anything non-invasive that can give me relief from my degenerative disc disease?

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Treatments : Treatments include: non-invasive - rest, activity modification, physical therapy, chiropractor, weight loss, medication minimally invasive - steroid injections, endoscopic spine surgery treating facet joints and disks (endoscopic rhizotomy and endoscopic discectomy), pain stimulators and pain pumps, weight loss procedures invasive - traditional lumbar discectomy, laminectomy and spinal fusion. Please see my health guides on endoscopic rhizotomy and discectomy. ...Read more

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Does physical therapy help degenerative disc disease?

Does physical therapy help degenerative disc disease?

Could look vey real: Physical therapy helps to strengthen the supporting joint muscles which it will lead to better joint support. In addition, exercise and healthy diet will help to lower body weight which it will help to decrease weight demand on the joints. ...Read more

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Is physical therapy possible with degenerative disc disease and sciatica injury?

Is physical therapy possible with degenerative disc disease and sciatica injury?

Yes It is possible: Injections will give you pain relief early, but PT can be just as helpful but will take time to get relief. There is new research coming out that when you are in a lot of pain, you're body actually stops you from performing exercises so that you may not benefit from PT initially. So we believe that if you at least improve your pain first, you can then proceed with the exercise therapy programs. ...Read more

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I have chronic back pain, degenerative disc disease, facet arthrosis, nerve compression, spasms, and I have been to pain mang. Tried several treatments including steriods and injections. I am on a certain narcotic for which I know is not helpful, what now

I have chronic back pain, degenerative disc disease, facet arthrosis, nerve compression, spasms, and I have been to pain mang. Tried several treatments including steriods and injections. I am on a certain narcotic for which I know is not helpful, what now

Spinal Surgeon: It appears that you have tried many forms of conservative. I would recommend that you seek the care of a spinal surgeon. If you have nerve root compression secondary to a disc herniation, facet arthrosis, foraminal stenosis or lateral stenosis, surgical decompression may be in your future. See a spinal surgeon! ...Read more

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What is best way to treat symptoms of degenerative disc disease?

What is best way to treat symptoms of degenerative disc disease?

Lifestyle changes: Usually incorpoating an exercise routine, proper weight control, smoking cessation, possible use of a back support, making sure your mattress is good and sometimes use of over the counter medications if no medical reasons not for their use. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease? I am overweight and cannot walk more than 10 steps without severe pain.

Is there a cure for Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease? I am overweight and cannot walk more than 10 steps without severe pain.

Treatment not cure: Lumbar degenerative disc disease can usually be managed with weight loss, exercise, anti-inflammatories and non-narcotic pain relievers. Surgery is reserved for severe cases accompanied by stenosis or necrologic symptoms. Diabetes and obesity compromise the outcome of surgery. ...Read more

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My MRI result shows I have degenerative disc disease with lumbar spondylosis, and then my doctor said also have pott's disease any cure for this?

Concerning: Pott's disease is a serious infection causing fracture of the spine. This requires a long treatment. During your care, there is no harm in caring for your degenerative disc disease by walking and slow strengthening exercises.. If walking is painful, supporting your posture with a brace may be needed for a while. Avoid lifting, twisting, or walking down hill. ...Read more

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What is the best painkiller for degenerative disc disease I'm currently on norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen)?

What is the best painkiller for degenerative disc disease I'm currently on norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen)?

No difference: There is no such thing as "best" or "worst" medication or painkiller, only those that work and don't work, based on the patient's individual circumstances and genetics. ...Read more

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I have been experiencing chronic pain due to fibromyalgia degenerative disc disease hip arthritis insomnia and digestive issues no treatment is help?

I have been experiencing chronic pain due to fibromyalgia degenerative disc disease hip arthritis insomnia and digestive issues no treatment is help?

Fibromyalgia/gluten: U are most likely an individual who has fibromyalgia in association with gluten intolerance. I would suggest that you go on a gluten-free diet and get tested for gluten allergies. Control of fibromyalgia is difficult but can be attained utilizing certain neuropathic pain medications and regular exercise. RE Case S (2005). The gluten-free diet: How to provide effective education and resources. ...Read more

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I have degenerative disc disease and can't walk. Will i ever be able to walk again?

I have degenerative disc disease and can't walk. Will i ever be able to walk again?

Maybe: It is impossible to give you a reliable answer without data. For how long have you been unable to walk, how much the inability is due to weakness vs pain, what your spine imaging shows, are all critical factors. Your phyisicans (who should be neurologists, neurosurgeons, or orthopedists, and perhaps rehab specialists) can best judge. ...Read more

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My doctor says I have degenerative disc disease but I can't tell where?

My doctor says I have degenerative disc disease but I can't tell where?

MRI: Degenerative disc disease is a normal process of aging. The existence does not mean that you automatically have symptoms. Of you are in pain one way to diagnosed the presence of the condition is with an mri. ...Read more

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Who is at risk for degenerative disc disease?

Everybody!: Unfortunately, as we age, everyone is at risk for degenerative disc disease. However, the risk is higher in individuals with the following: 1. Smoking 2. Obesity 3. High demand jobs involving a lot of vibration, repetitive bending, or lifting (such as truck drivers, construction workers, jobs involving frequent heavy lifting, etc.) 4. Genetic tendency in families 5. Trauma. ...Read more

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What are options with degenerative disc disease?

What are options with degenerative disc disease?

Therapy, medications: Initial treatments for ddd and osteoarthritis of the spine 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. See your doctor first. Consider an evaluation by a spine surgeon to discuss surgery. ...Read more

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