Alternative degenerative disc disease treatment options

Many patients with degenerative disc disease will be able to find effective pain relief through nonsurgical methods of treatment. While many doctors will begin with pain medication and other conservative therapies, some patients may want to try a more natural approach to spinal pain relief.

Alternative treatments for degenerative disc disease help reduce pressure on the pinched nerve and curb the symptoms of pain in a more natural manner. Although alternative approaches haven’t been fully researched by the majority of the medical community, many patients have found relief from their degenerative disc disease symptoms using them.

Chiropractic treatments

One of the most commonly used alternative degenerative disc disease treatments is chiropractic therapy.

Chiropractors manually adjust areas of the neck and back in order to address spinal problems and move the spine back into proper alignment. Techniques used can range from hot and cold therapies that alleviate swelling, to controlled thrusts that realign vertebrae.

Traditional Chinese medicine

Many patients have found lasting relief through the ancient practice of acupuncture. This staple of traditional Chinese medicine uses hair-thin needles inserted at specific points of the body to allow energy (called “chi” or “qi”) to flow freely.

Acupressure uses the same philosophy, but it relies on massage — rather than needles — carefully applied to certain pressure points.

Other alternatives

In addition to the above degenerative disc disease treatment options, many people have used herbal remedies to address spinal conditions, including degenerative disc disease. However, if you’re interested in using such an approach, be sure that you discuss your plans with your physician before you begin any regimen. Herbal remedies can interact with over-the-counter and prescription medications and they may have other unintended consequences.

Another option that you might consider is biofeedback, an approach that teaches you to consciously control your body’s reactions. By attending multiple biofeedback sessions, you may be able to relax your neck and back muscles at will and possible relieve your degenerative disc disease symptoms.

If these nonsurgical methods prove ineffective, you may be a candidate for the minimally invasive spine surgery at Laser Spine Institute. Our minimally invasive decompression surgeries and minimally invasive stabilization surgeries offer patients a safer and effective alternative to traditional open neck or back surgery and fusion. Many of our patients with degenerative disc disease are recommended for our decompression procedure, however some patients may require a stabilization surgery if the damaged disc has caused structural damage in the spine.

To learn more about our minimally invasive procedures, contact Laser Spine Institute today. We can review your MRI report or CT scan to determine if you are a candidate for our procedures.