Disc protrusion treatment varies depending on the location (neck or lower back) and severity (mild to extreme) of the symptoms experienced.
In many instances, a protruded disc does not impinge upon any neural tissue and, therefore, does not produce symptoms or require treatment. The disc will likely heal without treatment after a few months. Occasionally, however, the protrusion gives rise to symptoms that require 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 during the following few months. These non-surgical disc protrusion treatment options can include:
- Heat or ice packs
- Avoiding sitting for long periods of time, especially in cases of a lower back, or lumbar, disc protrusion
- Exercise, physical therapy and stretching exercises
- Improved posture and diet
- Painkillers – either prescription or over-the-counter
- Injections – epidural or steroidal
In some cases, patients do not respond to conservative treatment and surgery is suggested. To avoid unnecessary destruction of healthy tissue and to minimize risk, it is best to determine the least invasive and most effective surgical treatment possible. Accomplishing an effective treatment 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 surgical team at Laser Spine Institute has perfected innovative and highly successful minimally invasive procedures for the treatment of many spinal conditions. When conservative, non-invasive treatments like pain medication, exercise and hot/cold therapy have failed, more invasive treatments are required. In the past, “more invasive” has meant traditional open spine surgery with large incisions and hospitalization, but this is no longer the only option.
Please look into the minimally invasive procedures performed at Laser Spine Institute. Our procedures feature smaller incisions, shorter rehabilitation periods and fewer risks than traditional open spine surgery. Contact us today for a complimentary review of your MRI or CT scan, and to receive more information.