Degenerative disc disease treatment and prevention strategies
Degenerative disc disease treatment will depend on a number of factors, including your age and overall health, as well as the severity of your symptoms. Most people find relief from their symptoms using conservative nonsurgical treatments, but a small portion determine that surgery is an appropriate route for them.
Preventing degenerative disc disease
Before you think about degenerative disc disease treatment options, you might be curious about how to prevent the condition altogether. Degenerative disc disease is often a natural consequence of the aging process, as the components of the spine tend to break down over time. However, there are some steps that can help delay this breakdown by taking some pressure off the spine, including:
- Maintaining a neutral posture, particularly when resting, sleeping, driving or sitting at work
- Using proper form when lifting heavy objects
- Walking around and/or stretching regularly throughout the day, especially if you have an occupation that involves sitting for long stretches
- Maintaining a healthy body weight and exercising regularly
Degenerative disc disease treatment options
Although you should always check with your physician before deciding to pursue a treatment plan, most physicians will recommend that people with degenerative disc disease begin with conservative methods. Typical nonsurgical treatment for degenerative disc disease can include physical therapy, low-impact aerobic exercise and stretching to help increase flexibility and core strength. It may also include taking over-the-counter or prescription medications to reduce pain and inflammation. Some patients also find relief in alternative treatment methods such as acupuncture and massage therapy.
Degenerative disc disease surgery
A large number of people with degenerative disc disease can find meaningful relief from their symptoms using some combination of conservative treatments. However, for those that do not, there are surgical options that may be considered. In addition to the traditional open spine procedures that have been performed for decades, there are also minimally invasive surgeries that can address degenerative disc disease-related issues with a smaller incision and less muscle disruption. At Laser Spine Institute we are proud to provide these highly effective approaches for the benefit of our patients.
To find out about the benefits of Laser Spine Institute’s minimally invasive outpatient spine surgery options, contact us today. We offer a no-cost MRI review to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.