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

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Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Will Moorehead
Dr. Will Moorehead
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Dr. Michael Shapiro
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine

In brief: Conservative care

Surgery should be the last resort.
Patients should undergo a course of physical therapy. Other conservative measures include chiropractic care, massage therapy, and acupuncture to name a few. Some patients may be candidates for injection therapy (epidural injections or facet injections).

In brief: Conservative care

Surgery should be the last resort.
Patients should undergo a course of physical therapy. Other conservative measures include chiropractic care, massage therapy, and acupuncture to name a few. Some patients may be candidates for injection therapy (epidural injections or facet injections).
Dr. Michael Shapiro
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Dr. Robert Klitzman
Sports Medicine

In brief: Therapy

Depending on the severity of the disease some of the nonsurgical options include anti-inflammatory medicines, steroid injections, and physical therapy.

In brief: Therapy

Depending on the severity of the disease some of the nonsurgical options include anti-inflammatory medicines, steroid injections, and physical therapy.
Dr. Robert Klitzman
Dr. Robert Klitzman
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