Conservative treatment for intervertebral disk disease:
Occasionally, intervertebral disk disease is managed medically and not surgically (readers are referred to information on ͞intervertebral disk disease͟ in the surgery section) The most pertinent factor for the success of medical therapy is cage rest. Appropriate pain medications should be provided for comfort. Patients on cage rest should only be allowed to come of the cage to use the bathroom and eat, and then they are to go back to cage confinement. They are not allowed to walk up/down stairs, jump up/down surfaces, engage in rambunctious play, or walk on slick surfaces. Should they come out of their crate, they are required to be on body harness and leash at all times, including when they go out in the yard to use the bathroom or when they are allowed outside their crate to eat or to interact with their family members. Should there not be compliance to strict cage rest, this can result in decline of neurologic function and failure of conservative treatment. Despite successful medical management and initial neurologic improvement, 50% of patients that do not under surgery to decompress the spinal cord after suffering from intervertebral disk disease will experience recurrence in clinical signs due to issues at that same offending site. When clinical signs recur, this could be mild or worse than the initial clinical signs.
Conservative Treatment for Intervertebral Disk Disease