Dr. Kaliq Chang with Atlantic Spine Center discusses causes and treatments...
Initial treatment for degenerative disc disease is usually conservative in nature. Although rare, surgery for degenerative disc disease may be considered if the condition appears to threaten normal nerve function.
The first goal in the treatment of degenerative disc disease is often to relieve any inflammation with the use of anti-inflammatory drugs and activity modification. Next, exercises that will target and help strengthen your core muscles, which provide much needed support for your back, may be prescribed. If other underlying conditions (such as osteoarthritis, Herniated Discs, or Spinal Stenosis) are discovered you may require further treatment.
Frequently, physical therapy is the next step in a patient's conservative disc degeneration treatment. To help ensure successful results from physical therapy, epidural steroid injections may be included as an additional treatment. Pain relief and reduced inflammation can be accomplished by delivering medication directly to the source of the pain, which can help in performing the tasks recommended during physical therapy with less discomfort.
Endoscopic spine procedures can be used to correct many of the conditions that cause chronic back pain or to repair failed previous surgeries.- Kaixuan Liu, MD, PhD President, Atlantic Spine Center Read More about Dr.Liu