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Elmhurst Chiropractor Discusses Non Conservative Care for Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD)

Posted Nov 15 2012 10:04pm

Dr. Dana Celar is a Elmhurst chiropractor that treats DDD. However, sometimes when this problem does not respond well to conservative care, surgery may be necessary.

Surgical options range from minimally-invasive procedures like microdiscectomies to more invasive ones such as laminectomies and spinal fusions (also called spondylodesis).  Under certain circumstances, surgery may help relieve the pain caused by DDD and related pressure on nerves.  While these types of techniques have become increasingly common, they all involve the risks that accompany any type of surgery.  They also involve risks that are more specific to surgery on or around the spine.

Always be sure to consult your family physician and be sure to get a second (and third) opinion before undergoing any type of surgery.  They can help you balance the likelihood of success against the risks and expense.  Most healthcare professionals recommend that patients exhaust more conservative treatment options before choosing surgery.

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