Alternative Treatments for Degenerative Disc Disease

If you have been diagnosed with degenerative disc disease, you may have already received recommendations from your physician regarding conservative treatments. In addition to taking pain medications, participating in physical therapy sessions and undertaking other traditional therapies, you may find it useful to complement your degenerative disc disease regimen with alternative treatments.

Alternative treatments for degenerative disc disease have not necessarily been approved by medical authorities as effective options, but many patients have found that they can be helpful. Here are a few of the options available to you.


With its roots in thousands of years of Chinese medicine, acupuncture revolves around the idea that there is a life force (called “chi”) that flows through the body. When this flow is interrupted, it is believed to be detrimental to components of the body, including the spine. If you attend an acupuncture session, the acupuncturist will aim to rectify the movement of the chi by inserting tiny, hollow needles into specific areas of your back and leaving them in place for 20 to 40 minutes. This treatment may release your endorphins and aid in pain relief.

Herbal medicine

Several herbs are purported to have positive effects on the symptoms of degenerative disc disease. Before you decide to take any sort of supplement or herb, however, you should do your research and talk with your physician. An herb that may have proven useful for someone else may interact with a medication you are taking or have negative effects on another condition that you have.


Stretching the spine and strengthening the muscles around it is generally seen as a positive option for addressing degenerative disc disease symptoms, so yoga may make a worthwhile addition to your regimen. Just be sure that you know your limits. Some yoga poses are difficult for beginners, so you may need to ask an instructor to adjust poses to make them easier for you to complete. Also be sure that you are moving into and out of poses correctly and slowly, as poor form can mean that your yoga session is doing more harm than good.

If you have tried traditional and alternative degenerative disc disease treatments for weeks or months without a satisfactory improvement in your symptoms, surgery may be an option. Laser Spine Institute offers minimally invasive procedures to address degenerative disc disease symptoms in an outpatient setting. To learn more about our procedures and to receive a review of your MRI, contact Laser Spine Institute today.