Degenerative disc disease refers to when the disc itself is the source of back pain or neck pain as a result of a damaged and degenerative disc. Degenerative disc disease may be treated with medications, ice/heat, active physical therapy/exercise, or behavioral and lifestyle changes, or require spinal fusion or artificial disc replacement surgery for uncontrollable, severe pain that has not responded in time to previous non-surgical care and when an anatomical cause of the pain has been identified.

In this ISASS Guide for Patients:

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