Treatment Options for Degenerative Disc Disease

Most people with degenerative disc disease find relief through nonsurgical options, such as exercise or physiotherapy. You should consult your doctor about all options.

Conservative Care

Not all patients with back or neck pain associated with degenerative disc disease require surgery. In fact, most find symptom relief through non-surgical therapies, such as exercise, medication, physiotherapy, and chiropractic care.

Surgical Therapies

Dynamic Stabilisation

The interspinous spacer is implanted during what may be a minimally invasive surgical procedure. Although the spacer is designed to remain between your spinous processes permanently to prevent the nerves from being pinched, the spacer can also be removed. Because there are no structurally important bones removed during the procedure, the interspinous spacer provides you and your surgeon with the option to consider additional treatments at a later time if your spinal condition progresses
More: About Dynamic Stabilisation

Artificial Disc Replacement

An artificial disc is designed to maintain motion and flexibility while replacing a diseased disc that is removed from a person’s spine.
More: About Artificial Discs

Spinal Fusion Surgery

Traditionally, a surgical procedure called a spinal fusion has been used to treat degenerative conditions in the spine. Using bone grafts and instrumentation such as metal plates and screws, this procedure fuses two or more adjacent vertebrae. This procedure aims to stabilise the spine and provide pain relief.
More: About Spinal Fusion

Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.

Last updated: 27 Sep 2010

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