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Four Common Degenerative Spine Treatments

Degenerative spine refers to any of a number of spinal conditions that develop as different parts of the spine wear down from years of use. As these conditions progress, they can cause neck and back pain as well as numerous other related symptoms that interfere with normal life. In these cases, it is important to know what types of degenerative spine treatments are available.

Common conservative degenerative spine treatments

A physician will generally recommend conservative methods as a first step in treating a degenerative spine. These options can be broken down into four main types:

  1. Physical activities. Physical activities such as low-impact exercises and stretching techniques can strengthen muscles and improve flexibility around the spine, helping to support areas that have degenerated. Some individuals choose to walk, swim or do yoga on their own, while others prefer a more targeted and guided approach with physical therapy.
  2. Medications. Anti-inflammatory pain medications like ibuprofen and aspirin can help to alleviate pain, especially when it occurs suddenly and unexpectedly. Additionally, a physician may recommend a steroid injection to reduce inflammation directly in the affected area.
  3. Lifestyle changes. Improving posture, having a healthy diet, losing weight, quitting smoking and staying hydrated can all contribute to a healthier spine by slowing further degeneration and reducing symptoms.
  4. Alternative therapies. Although the medical community has not reached a consensus on alternative therapies, some patients report that holistic approaches like acupuncture, chiropractic manipulation, massage and herbal remedies can help alleviate degenerative spine symptoms. It is important to keep your doctor informed if you are considering any of these options.

Treatment at USA Spine Care

While many people find relief from one or more conservative approaches to degenerative spine treatment, some individuals with persistent or worsening symptoms may require surgery. Many of these patients opt for minimally invasive spine surgery, which is a safer and effective alternative to traditional open spine surgery^ and spares most of the surrounding tissue. At USA Spine Care, our surgeons specialize in these minimally invasive outpatient techniques.

If you’re interested in degenerative spine treatment at USA Spine Care and would like to find out if you’re a candidate for minimally invasive surgery, contact us today to receive a no-cost MRI review.*

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