When it comes to degenerative disc disease treatments for the neck, there are many different approaches to consider. While there is no shortage of treatment techniques available, it’s important to work closely with a physical therapist to determine the most prudent course of action for your unique situation. The wrong treatment can prove to be entirely ineffective or may even make matters worse. With that said, degenerative disc disease is extremely common and the vast majority of patients find the relief they require with a regimen of conservative, nonsurgical treatments. In most cases, when a patient is diagnosed with degenerative disc disease in the neck, treatments will usually include some combination of conservative techniques. Over the course of several weeks or months, these treatments may help alleviate pain, improve spinal flexibility and increase spinal stability by strengthening the muscles that support the neck and head. It is important to note, however, that finding the right combination of treatments usually entails a certain amount of trial and error, so a patient should have realistic expectations about the process. If a particular technique proves to be ineffective, this isn’t necessarily bad news, as it can provide a physical therapist with additional insight into the patient’s condition so he or she can adjust the patient’s treatment plan accordingly. Many patients benefit from complementary or alternative approaches like massage, yoga, and acupuncture. Surgery to address degenerative disc disease in the neck is usually considered a treatment of last resort when all other methods have proven to be ineffective. Even if a patient is a candidate for surgery, it’s important to understand that there are many different surgical treatments for degenerative disc disease in the neck.
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