Degenerative Disc Disease
Normally, Degenerative Disc Disease can be treated without surgery by using over-the-counter medications and possible physical therapy or a combination of both. If over-the-counter medications aren't working, a prescription strength painkiller may be necessary. Because of the comprehensive pain management and physical therapy programs offered at SCCNS, we can ensure you receive the best treatment possible.
If the pain does not get better over a period of time (at least six months) or significant weakness, numbness occurs. Pain affecting a patient's everyday activities despite conservative treatment may be a candidate for elective spine surgery. The normal surgery performed for Degenerative Disc Disease is an Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF) which the deteriorating disc is removed then placement of an artificial joint or fusion devise. More severe cases may result in the need for a total disc replacement.