Many people who suffer from symptoms associated with a herniated nucleus pulposus (HNP) turn to alternative treatments for relief if mainstream medicinal methods prove ineffective. What is an HNP? It is the leakage of an intervertebral disc’s gel-like inner material through a tear or rupture in the fibrous outer disc wall. This can arise as part of the natural aging process, during which the disc loses water content and becomes brittle, or it can occur as a result of injury. Most of the time, an HNP is asymptomatic and the condition will heal itself through a process known as resorption. However, if symptoms do occur, they typically can be managed using conservative treatments such as pain medication or physical therapy.
Types of HNP Alternative Treatments
If mainstream conservative treatments such as pain medicine, physical therapy, exercise, stretching and others prove ineffective, it may be worth your while to explore other, lesser-known HNP alternative treatments. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine defines alternative medicine as products or medical systems that are not generally considered part of conventional medicine. These alternative treatments include:
- Alternative medical systems – Ayurveda (ancient Indian), traditional Chinese medicine, naturopathy
- Mind-body interventions – biofeedback, cognitive-behavioral therapy
- Biologically based therapies – herbal supplements, homeopathy, pain patches
- Manipulative and body-based methods – acupuncture, massage, chiropractic, yoga
- Energy therapies – magnets, ultrasound, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
The Minimally Invasive, Endoscopic Alternative
If an HNP continues to produce chronic symptoms despite conventional and alternative treatments, a doctor might suggest surgery as an option. Rather than settle for highly invasive, risky open back surgery, contact Laser Spine Institute to learn about the minimally invasive, endoscopic alternative. Our orthopedic specialists have helped tens of thousands of patients find relief, and they may be able to help you rediscover your life without back and neck pain.