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Intervertebral disc disease


* Not a rare disease
Other Names for this Disease
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • IDD
  • Intervertebral disc degeneration
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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

  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

  • lists trials that are studying or have studied Intervertebral disc disease. Click on the link to go to to read descriptions of these studies.