What Is Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease?
Cervical degenerative disc disease is a common cause of radiculopathy in aging patients. Discs become flatter and less flexible in the cervical spine during degeneration of the spine.
When Is Surgery Recommended?
If neurological symptoms are likely caused by degenerative disc disease and risk of permanent nerve damage is present, surgery may be recommended. Symptoms like arm numbness and/or weakness, or trouble with walking or bowel control, could be cause for surgery.
What Are The Non-Surgical Treatment Options?
- Rest or activity modification
- Physical Therapy
- Pain management with medication