Most types of surgery for ongoing, debilitating pain and loss of function from degenerative disc disease are fairly extensive, so it is usually in the best interest of most patients to manage their low back pain using non-surgical approaches and self-care. Over time, the low back pain and other symptoms of degenerative disc disease will usually subside. This happens because the disc starts to become stiffer with age, and a stiffer disc stabilizes the motion segment and thus reduces pain. However, this is a very slow process that occurs over many years.
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