When someone is experiencing excruciating pain from a disc herniation, alternative treatments may not seem like they would offer enough relief. However, discomfort alone should not compel you to immediately seek surgical relief. You may be surprised at how beneficial noninvasive, alternative treatments can be
The term “alternative treatments” may seem like a vague term – what are they alternatives to? The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine defines them as “a group of diverse medical and healthcare systems, practices and products that are not generally considered part of conventional medicine.” Also referred to as holistic treatments, they focus on the body’s overall health – physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual – based on cultural and historical principles, rather than scientific principles.
Types of Alternative Treatment Specialists
Holistic treatments can include yoga, acupuncture, acupressure, herbal remedies, meditation, massage, and biofeedback. There are a variety of medical professionals that specialize in, or have training in, holistic treatments for disc herniation therapy, including:
- Medical Doctor
- Naturopathic Doctor
- Homeopathic Doctor
- Doctor of Osteopathy
- Doctor of Chiropractic
The Next Step in the Treatment Process
Talk to your doctor about combining holistic treatments with traditional treatments, such as over-the-counter or prescription pain medication, epidural steroid injections, low-impact exercise, hot-cold therapy, or transdermal analgesic pain patches, among others.
If weeks or months of conservative treatments do not prove successful and you want to explore more targeted treatment options, contact Laser Spine Institute today. We offer a variety of minimally invasive procedures that utilize safe, effective endoscopic technology. We’d even be happy to review your MRI or CT scan, completely free of charge.