It is often said that no one should have spine surgery unless they receive a second opinion from another surgeon. On the surface, this advice would sound like good old common sense, as two opinions are better than one. However, there is a trap in this line of thinking.
The sciatic nerve travels from the low back to the legs and feet. Many conditions in the low back can irritate this nerve and cause pain known as sciatica. See highlights from Spine-health's new video all about sciatic nerve anatomy.
Pain from degenerative disc disease can be debilitating, but you have options. Exercise, over-the-counter pain medications, lifestyle changes, and surgery are all valid ways to control degenerative disc disease pain.