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What herbal treatments and dietary supplements may help with degenerative disc disease?

If you’ve been diagnosed with degenerative disc disease, you’re probably wondering about the treatment options available that can help relieve your pain. Traditional treatments often include behavior modification, physical therapy, pain medications and limited periods of rest. Additionally, some patients choose to explore alternative therapies, such as herbal supplements, which may be effective as a degenerative disc disease treatment.

Before beginning an herbal treatment

Herbal remedies are a popular treatment option because of their all-natural qualities. However, it’s important to note that herbal remedies are a dietary supplement, and they can interact with other treatments you may be taking. Before starting an herbal treatment, or any other form of treatment for that matter, you should discuss your plans with a physician to ensure it will not interfere with your current medications or treatment plan. In many cases, combining herbal remedies with other treatments, like yoga and exercise, physical therapy, hot/cold therapy and pain medications can have a more robust pain-relieving effect. Finding a safe and effective combination of treatments is best accomplished with the help of a knowledgeable physician.

Common herbal remedies for degenerative disc disease

Herbal supplements that help reduce inflammation can be useful in reducing pain caused by degenerative disc disease. Some herbal treatments you might want to consider include:

  • Bromelain, an ingredient found in pineapples
  • Turmeric, which contains curcumin, an anti-inflammatory ingredient
  • White willow bark, which functions similarly to aspirin

Additionally, certain foods have anti-inflammatory properties and may help lessen pain. These include all types of leafy greens, foods high in omega-3 fatty acids like salmon and flaxseed, and whole grains. Avoiding smoking and limiting alcohol consumption is also helpful during degenerative disc disease treatment and can have a positive effect on your overall health.

If herbal treatments are not effective

For some individuals with more severe symptoms of degenerative disc disease, herbal treatments and other conservative options may not provide the relief they’re looking for. In these cases, you may want to consider minimally invasive spine surgery at USA Spine Care. If you are a candidate for one of our spinal procedures, you’ll benefit from our muscle-sparing approach, as our surgeries require less than a 1-inch incision and are a safer and effective alternative to traditional open surgery.^

To learn more about receiving minimally invasive surgery at USA Spine Care, contact us today.

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