Non-surgical Treatment for Degenerative Disc Disease
A Spine Expert Talks about what Treatments to Try before Surgery
Dr. Richard Fessler, a professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at Northwestern University, talks about the non-surgical treatment options for degenerative disc disease. Conservative treatments are always tried first, except in the most severe cases (where there is, for example, loss of bowel or bladder control).
He points out that time is actually a treatment option. If your pain isn’t overwhelming or debilitating, you can give it time and see if it improves. Dr. Fessler also reviews other typical non-surgical options, including medication (he refers to them as analgesics) and physical therapy, which he considers one of the most effective ways to relieve pain.
You can also read this article about non-surgical treatment options for DDD.