How is degenerative spinal disease treated?

Treatment options for degenerative spinal diseases depend on the type and severity of your spinal condition. In most cases, degenerative spinal diseases can be easily treated with non-surgical procedures following a conservative treatment plan. Conservative treatment plans usually consist of three parts: following a specific exercise regiment to strengthen muscles, avoiding painful positions, and following a pain medication regimen. For example, medication and occasional steroid injections are used to treat inflammation and manage pain for spinal stenosis. Physical therapy exercises will help you improve strength, flexibility and balance. In cases where conservative treatment does not decrease your pain after a few months, surgery may be used to relieve pressure on the spinal cord or nerves.

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