What does degenerative changes in the neck mean?

Degenerative disc disease (DDD) of the cervical (neck region) spine indicates that the intervertebral disc has undergone degenerative, wear-and-tear (arthritic) changes, which may or may not lead to significant neck pain and spinal problems.

Can the bones in your neck deteriorate?

As you get older, your spine undergoes changes due to decades of normal wear and tear. Starting in middle age, the disks between your vertebrae start to change. These changes can include: Degeneration: The spinal disks in your neck may slowly wear down (degenerate).

How do you fix a degenerative disc in your neck?

Treatment for DDD of the neck is primarily conservative. The majority of patients with significant pain generally improve with time with non-surgical treatments such as oral medications and/or physical therapy. A short period of immobilization with a soft neck brace (cervical collar) may also be helpful.

What is treatment for ruptured disc in neck?

When you suffer from ruptured or herniated disc in the neck, the most common symptom is neck pain, which radiates to the arm and shoulders. A short period of rest with pain and anti-inflammatory medications followed by physical therapy are the common treatments for ruptured disc in the neck.

What causes disc problems in neck?

Disc problems in the neck can result from the aging process, but may be from years of poor posture. Often, in degenerative conditions, problems are not noted until the situation is well advanced, as in cases often diagnosed as spondylosis of the cervical spine.

How to fix a herniated disk in the neck?

Treating herniated disc in the neck Use Traction Kits. Though it is sometimes best when left to your health care provider to perform the traction for the pain emanating from your neck region it can still Brace your neck. Immediately after using the traction to remove the cause of herniation, brace your neck. Application of Hot and Cold Pack on your neck. Physical exercises.

What is the recovery time for degenerative disc surgery?

The most common surgery for degenerative disc disease is either a spinal fusion or artificial disc replacement. Recovery time following surgery is typically one to three months. For the first four to six weeks following surgery, patients should limit their activity to only walking, sitting, and physical therapy.