There is no “fix” for degenerative disc disease. This progressive spinal condition, which can be painful — especially if a damaged disc presses on the spinal cord or a nearby nerve root — can be expected to worsen with time. Rather than attempting to “fix” the degeneration itself, the goal of treatment is to manage the associated discomfort by alleviating pressure on an affected nerve. While surgery is one way to accomplish this, it is not the only way.
Treatment options for a degenerated disc
En muchos casos, enfermedad degenerativa del disco symptoms respond well to conservative treatment. This means spine surgery is often unnecessary. If you require treatment for a damaged disc, your physician can evaluate your diagnosis, recommend a customized treatment approach, monitor your progress and make any necessary adjustments as your condition progresses. In general, you may benefit from:
Modifying your daily routine — to avoid body positions and movements that worsen your discomfort
Hacer ejercicio regularmente — to strengthen the muscles that support your spine, which can help shift painful pressure away from a damaged disc or compressed spinal nerve
Taking over-the-counter pain relievers — or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) as directed
Wearing a cervical collar or back brace — to support your spine
After using these and other first-line degenerative disc disease treatments over the course of several weeks, you should begin to notice an improvement in your symptoms. To provide further relief, your physician may suggest a prescription pain reliever, muscle relaxant or spinal injection. If you pass the three-month mark without achieving the results you need, your physician may broach the subject of spinal decompression surgery, which you might decide to explore further if you feel your symptoms warrant it.
Spinal decompression surgery
If you are interested in learning how degenerative disc disease can be addressed with minimally invasive outpatient surgery, contacto USA Spine Care. Our team can answer your questions and provide a free MRI review* to help determine if you are a candidato for a minimally invasive spinal decompression procedure. Our approach has helped us earn a patient satisfaction score of 98.^
^Los resultados son típicos, pero no están garantizados, la experiencia de cada paciente con la cirugía de columna será diferente.
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* Nuestra revisión de MRI es una revisión informativa del informe de MRI que nos proporciona y no es una forma de diagnóstico. Un diagnóstico y una determinación final de si puede beneficiarse del tratamiento en USA Spine Care solo se puede hacer después de que nuestros profesionales médicos en USA Spine Care lo hayan examinado físicamente. La revisión de MRI no tiene valor y no se facturará.