Degenerative Disc Disease Treatment and Prevention

Degenerative Disc Disease and Prevention Strategies

Degenerative disc disease (DDD) treatment will depend on a number of factors, including your age and overall health, as well as the severity of your symptoms. Most people find relief from their symptoms using conservative nonsurgical treatments, but some decide that surgery is an appropriate route for them.

Preventing Degenerative Disc Disease

Before you think about DDD treatment options, you might be curious about how to prevent the condition altogether. Degenerative disc disease is often a natural consequence of the aging process, as the components of the spine tend to break down over time. However, there are some steps that can help delay this breakdown by taking some pressure off the spine, including:

  • Maintaining a neutral posture, particularly when resting, sleeping, driving, or sitting at work
  • Using proper form when lifting heavy objects
  • Walking around or stretching regularly throughout the day, especially if you have an occupation that involves sitting for long stretches
  • Maintaining a healthy body weight and exercising regularly

Treatment Options

Although you should always check with your physician before deciding to pursue a treatment plan, most physicians will recommend that people with degenerative disc disease begin with conservative methods. Typical nonsurgical treatment for degenerative disc disease can include physical therapy, low-impact aerobic exercise, and stretching to help increase flexibility and core strength. It may also include taking over-the-counter or prescription medications to reduce pain and inflammation. Some patients also find relief in alternative treatments such as acupuncture and massage therapy.

If Surgery Becomes Necessary…

A large number of people with DDD can find meaningful relief from their symptoms using some combination of conservative treatments. However, for those that do not, there are surgical options that may be considered. In addition to the traditional open spine procedures that have been around for decades, there are minimally invasive surgeries that can address degenerative disc disease-related issues with a smaller incision and less muscle disruption. At BEST Health System, we are proud to offer advanced minimally invasive procedures to patients suffering from spine conditions like DDD. Contact us today to learn about our diverse range of procedures.