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Treatment options for generative disc disease other than surgery?

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what treatment is available for generative disk disease when surgery is not an option
Posted Mon, 3 Jun 2013 in Bones, Muscles and Joints
Answered by Dr. Achuo Ascensius 12 hours later
thanks for the query.

I want to understand you are talking about degenerative disc disease rather than generative disc disease.

Degenerative disc disease is a common problem associated age. The term degenerative often misleads many people with the idea that symptoms are worsening with time and can lead to crippling conditions.

However, this is not completely true as in some cases symptoms ( e.g low back pain) rather evolve favorably and surgery is only indicated when there is -associated numbness,
-reduced perimeter of walking, or
-weakness of lower extremities.

However, there are a variety of treatment options considered before thinking of surgery including;
-medical treatment with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen, diclofenac, naproxen etc
-Infiltration of steroids into the spine e.g Diprostene and
-chiropractic treatment
However, no tangible evidence exist to confirm chiropractic treatment.

Life style modification is also important and include:
-avoiding bending on side or in front,
-stooping to pick up objects,
-light stretching exercises,
-avoid carrying objects on head etc.

Hope this answers your query. If you do have further query, i will be glad to help.
Best regards
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