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How can I find relief from degenerative disc disease pain?

Degenerative disc disease is a spinal condition that can occur as part of the natural aging process, as the spinal discs deteriorate over time. These discs, which provide cushioning in the spine, can become compressed or misshapen, resulting in numerous symptoms including neck or back pain. If you’re experiencing pain caused by degenerative disc disease, you’ll want to explore the various treatments available to find the option that’s best for you.

Nonsurgical approaches to pain relief

Spine surgery is only recommended as a last resort to treat symptoms of degenerative disc disease. As a first step, you’ll want to explore more conservative approaches. In many cases, individuals are able to find relief using one or more of the following options:

  • Behavior modification. Avoiding activities that increase the pain, such as heavy lifting or high-impact sports, can help prevent your condition from worsening. Additionally, practicing good posture can promote a healthy spine.
  • Pain medications. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and other over-the-counter or prescription pain medications can help provide temporary relief when symptoms flare up.
  • Physical activity. While staying active may be the last thing you want to do, getting regular exercise is an effective way to reduce and manage pain. Additionally, working with a physical therapist can help you learn targeted stretching techniques that strengthen and stretch the muscles surrounding the spine.
  • Alternative therapies. Although the medical community has not reached a consensus on their effectiveness, some patients have reported pain relief using alternative methods, such as acupuncture, chiropractic care, restorative yoga and herbal remedies.

Talking with a physician

It’s best to consult with your physician about these options, as your doctor will be able to provide personalized advice about which option or combination of options might be best for you. It may also take a period of trial and error to find the relief you’re looking for.

Treatment at USA Spine Care

When conservative treatments are not sufficient in alleviating pain caused by degenerative disc disease, it may be time to consider surgery. At USA Spine Care, our board-certified surgeons+ are highly experienced in performing minimally invasive spine surgery to treat degenerative disc disease and many other conditions that affect the spine. If you have exhausted your conservative treatment options, you may be a candidate for one of our outpatient procedures.

Contact USA Spine Care for more information on minimally invasive surgery as a treatment for degenerative disc disease.

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