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Intervertebral disc disease

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* Not a rare disease

Other Names for this Disease

  • Degenerative disc disease
  • IDD
  • Intervertebral disc degeneration
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Treatment

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How might intervertebral disc disease be treated?

In the absence of red flags, the initial approach to treatment is typically conservative and includes physical therapy and pain medications. In 90% of affected individuals, acute attacks of sciatica usually improve within 4 to 6 weeks without surgical intervention.[1] In cases where surgical intervention is necessary, surgical procedures may include discectomy or spinal fusion.[2]
Last updated: 3/12/2012

References
  1. Young K, Brown R, Kaufmann L. Clinical inquiries. When is discectomy indicated for lumbar disc disease?. J Fam Pract. August 2011; 60(8):490-491.
  2. Sakai D. Future perspectives of cell-based therapy for intervertebral disc disease. Eur Spine J. December 2008; 17 Suppl 4:452-458.


Clinical Trials & Research for this Disease

  • ClinicalTrials.gov lists trials that are studying or have studied Intervertebral disc disease. Click on the link to go to ClinicalTrials.gov to read descriptions of these studies.
Other Names for this Disease
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • IDD
  • Intervertebral disc degeneration
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.