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What is the treatment for degenerative disc disease?

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Dr. Chukwuka Okafor
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Chukwuka Okafor
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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