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Besides surgery, is there a way to treat degenerative disc disease?

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Dr. Paul Slosar
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: Yes

Surgery is reserved for the most severe cases of patients with pain and disability.
The majority of people with ddd can control it with non-operative treatments such as medication, exercise, and occasionally spinal injections. There is nothing one can do however to reverse the disc degeneration itself.

In brief: Yes

Surgery is reserved for the most severe cases of patients with pain and disability.
The majority of people with ddd can control it with non-operative treatments such as medication, exercise, and occasionally spinal injections. There is nothing one can do however to reverse the disc degeneration itself.
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Dr. David Rosenfeld
Facet blocks and RF ablation of the median branch nerves may be of help to you.
Dr. Carl Spivak
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine

In brief: Soon

There is a ton of research on disk regeneration, that is taking an old worn out disk and making it like new.
This will probably be done through advances in stem cell technology.

In brief: Soon

There is a ton of research on disk regeneration, that is taking an old worn out disk and making it like new.
This will probably be done through advances in stem cell technology.
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine

In brief: Lifestyle changes

Usually incorporating exercise routine of cardiovascular-flexibility & core workouts, proper weight control, smoking cessation, possible use of a back support, making sure your mattress is good & sometimes use of over the counter medications if no medical reasons not for their use.
Then there are interventions like physical therapy & perscription medications. Most are treated nonop, over 90%.

In brief: Lifestyle changes

Usually incorporating exercise routine of cardiovascular-flexibility & core workouts, proper weight control, smoking cessation, possible use of a back support, making sure your mattress is good & sometimes use of over the counter medications if no medical reasons not for their use.
Then there are interventions like physical therapy & perscription medications. Most are treated nonop, over 90%.
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