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What are the alternatives to surgery for cervical degenerative disk disease?

What are the alternatives to surgery for cervical degenerative disk disease?

Ecercises: Cervical disc degenerative disease may respond to exercises to strengthen the cervical muscles. Performing flexibility exercises and maintaining good posture will also help. The use of otc nasids like Aleve (naproxen) may be beneficial. See your pcp for an evaluation & guidance. ...Read more

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Dr. Bahman Omrani
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Degenerative Disc Disease (Definition)

Degenerative disks are 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, which is very painful. Also when the disks degenerate, ...Read more


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Can there be alternatives to surgery for cervical degenerative disk disease?

Can there be alternatives to surgery for cervical degenerative disk disease?

Likely: 40's man ponders alternatives to surgery "for degenerative disk disease" (ddd) ; should regard that ddd is radiologic term, usually not a pain generator, ; found in pain free individuals. Yoga, regular massage, acupuncture, topical cannabis oil (where legal), ; traction (saunders cervical traction device; fda approved) helpful. See an osteopath ; avoid surgeons unless there is weakness arm/hand. ...Read more

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Could degenerative cervical disk diease get worse?

Yes: If you haven't been evaluated by an orthopedic surgeon - recommend that. ...Read more

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What exercises recommended for cervical degenerative disc disease?

Postural: Exercises designed to condition the muscles that maintain good posture. A physical therapist or physiatrist may suggest the best ones for you. ...Read more

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Could severe cervical degenerative disc disease cause or contribute to TMJ?

No...: It will be a separate issue........The disease for which you are taking Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine)...may cause it. ...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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Can you tell me the life expectancy of an individual with degenerative cervical and lumbar disc disease?

Probably normal: Disk degeneration by itself does not affect lifespan. Your longevity is more affected by other factors (genetics, blood pressure, heart-lung-other internal organ function, exercise, tobacco-alcohol-drug use). ...Read more

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Cspine MRI : 1 :cervical degenerative disease 2 : vague area of marrow hypointensity in the several vertebral bodies of questionable etiology ?

A"typical" read: A fairly typical standard radiology report that i will get from a radiologist on someone presenting with neck pain who is middle aged or older with marrow changes more than likely being non descript but in the presence of a cancer history or with pain that does not change with activity or affects sleep or associated with weight loss, appetite loss or feeling general malaise, needs to be worked up. ...Read more

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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

Cervical (Definition)

Cervical relates to the first seven vertebra of the spine. It is related it the neck. Also it refers to the muscular opening/exit of ...Read more