When it comes to degenerative disc disease (DDD) treatment, two common options may come to mind: prescription medications and surgery. While widely used, however, these two treatment options are certainly not the only options available. Many people who have degenerative disc disease are able to design effective treatment plans with their doctors by using a combination of lesser-known options. This can delay – or even avoid – the need for surgery or prescription drugs.
Option One: Over The Counter Medications
Even though medication is usually included as part of a DDD treatment plan, prescription drugs aren’t always necessary. Over-the-counter medications can often effectively reduce the discomfort caused by DDD without having to restart to stronger and potentially habit-forming pharmaceuticals. Commonly recommended over the counter medications include:
Option Two: Chiropractic Care
Having a properly aligned spine is a very important part of spine health and chiropractic medicine is largely designed to achieve this. A chiropractor can help ensure that a patient’s body is not experiencing unnecessary discomfort because of poor alignment. Always visit a licensed and reputable chiropractor who has experience treating your specific condition.
Option Three: Therapeutic Massage
Primarily considered a stress relief therapy, a massage isn’t always thought of as a medical treatment – but it can be recommended to relieve the symptoms of conditions like DDD. An experienced professional can use various manipulation techniques to promote circulation and help relax the muscles in the neck and back.
Of course, even the most well-designed nonsurgical treatment plans may not always produce the desired results and some patients may require stronger medications or eventually have to explore surgery. One additional DDD treatment that patients might consider is minimally invasive spine surgery at BEST Health System. Our outpatient procedures are a safer and more effective alternative to traditional open neck or back surgery, offering our patients many benefits including no lengthy recovery.
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