Studies Find a Breakthrough Treatment May Halt the Progression of DDD

For sufferers of Degenerative Disk Disease, help may be on the horizon. A new study found that molecular therapy has been shown to stop the progression of DDD.

Current treatment plans usually include a combination of treatments, exercise, physical therapy and medication as well as acupuncture, chiropractic care and herbal and nutritional supplements. Surgery might also be offered as a last resort.

Recently, a Canadian study showed promising results when a single injection of a combination of recombinant human (rh) Transforming growth factor beta 1 (TGF-β1) and Connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) proteins into the injured intervertebral disc can slow or stop the progression of the disease. Further studies on humans may lead to a significant breakthrough in treatment.