Disc protrusion treatment varies depending on the location and severity of the symptoms experienced.
In many instances, a protruded disc is not impinging upon any neural tissue and therefore gives no symptoms nor requires treatment. The disc will likely heal without treatment after a few months. Occasionally, however, the protrusion gives rise to symptoms requiring treatment. In this case, the patient should consider all the options available.
Once the diagnosis of a disc protrusion has been confirmed through medical imagery – typically either an MRI or CT scan – most physicians initially prescribe a conservative treatment plan to manage the symptoms over the next few months. These non-surgical disc protrusion treatment options can include:
- Limited rest
- Avoiding sitting for long periods of time, especially in cases of a lower back, or lumbar, disc protrusion
- Exercise, physical therapy, and stretching exercises
- Heat or ice packs
- Painkillers – either prescription or over-the-counter
- Injections – epidural or steroidal
- Improved posture and diet
In some cases, patients do not respond to conservative treatment and surgery is prescribed. To avoid unnecessary destruction of normal tissue and minimize risk, it is reasonable to determine the least invasive efficacious surgical treatment possible. How to accomplish an efficacious treatment and while maintaining the least disruptive course of action is the fundamental idea upon which Laser Spine Institute was conceived and developed. With substantial effort and financial expenditure, the physicians at Laser Spine Institute have developed innovative, highly successful minimally invasive endoscopic procedures for the treatment of many spinal conditions. When conservative non-invasive treatment has failed, more invasive treatments are required. In the past, “more invasive” has meant traditional open spinal surgery. “More invasive” no longer must mean traditional open spinal surgery. It now may mean minimally invasive spine surgery.
Please investigate the minimally invasive procedures performed at Laser Spine Institute, offering efficacious procedures with less normal tissue destruction, shorter convalescent period and lower risk when compared with traditional open spine surgery of all types. Contact us today for a complimentary review of your MRI or CT scan, and to receive more information.