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Herbal Treatments 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
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
A variety: Of non steroidal anti inflammatory medication as long as there are no contraindications like allergies, use of blood thinners, kidney or liver disease or ulcer/reflux issues . Tylenol (acetaminophen) is an option. Other types of drugs like cymbalta, Elavil and neurontin/lyrica may also help. Ideally, not smoking, regular exercise and weight control are also helpful. Good levels of vitamin d also are important. ...Read more
Yes: Working with a chiropractor is a common conservative treatment option. Check out spine-health.Com. ...Read more
Ayurvedic treatments: Hindu ayurvedic treatments should be helpful to some degree but correlation with a neurologist is important. ...Read more
Many: Depends on an accurate diagnosis and the bones involved. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Exercise tylenol (acetaminophen): There is no cure for degenerative joint disease. The goal is to improve function and reduce pain. Exercise is key in strengthening muscle to improve function. Pain medicines are used including tylenol, (acetaminophen) over-the-counter anti-inflammatories (advil, alleve, etc) and sometimes narcotics. ...Read more
See below.: Degenerative joint disease, as the wear and tear affects the joints. Multiple options; starting with pain meds, like the nsaids, tylenol (acetaminophen) arthritis, weight reduction, daily exercises to not only keep wt down but strengthen the muscles which moves the joints, using assistive devices like a cane/stick, crutches/walker; stronger pain meds and if nothing works the surgery. Trip to a dr would help. ...Read more
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
What are permanent treatment options for lumbar disc diseases, like disc dehydration, bulging, and tear?
Preventative: I favor fitness, weight maintenance, no smoking, preventative measures and when symptoms prevail, physical therapy, core strength, anti inflammatories, and ergonomic postural solutions. In many people orthotics can help foot/ankle contributors and pelvic spine lock up can be improved with mobilization. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is the success rate for dr. Tim davis' stem cell treatment for degenerative disk disease? What other treatments are available?
Money medicine: They dropped the results part of conversation the host put promising in but dr davis didn't answer the question the first fda studies are forsafety not efficacy we have spent years trying to come up with a reproducible outcome measurment for back pain and bogged down in thsubjective nature of pain complaintstreatment options are not always evidence based trxthis will go the way of idet i hope it. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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