The type of prolapsed disc treatment prescribed by your physician will depend on the severity and location of the damaged disc. Most patients are able to successfully manage the accompanying back pain, neck pain, or other symptoms through the use of conservative, or non-surgical, treatments. Surgery usually is a last resort, reserved for patients whose use of conservative treatment has proven ineffective for achieving a better quality of life.
To understand why certain forms of prolapsed disc treatment are prescribed, it is important to understand the nature of the condition. A prolapsed disc – which also may be called a herniated disc, ruptured disc or slipped disc – occurs when the gel-like nucleus of an intervertebral disc leaks through a tear or a split in the fibrous outer wall of the disc. Not every disc prolapse presents symptoms; some remain undetected and have no effect on day-to-day life. Symptomatic herniated discs, on the other hand, can cause pain, tingling, numbness and muscle weakness, which usually can be controlled by one or more of the following methods of conservative treatment:
- Physical therapy
- Rest or behavior modification
- Pain medications
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Steroid injections
- Massage, chiropractic therapy, or acupuncture
If neck or back pain persists even after weeks or months of conservative prolapsed disc treatment, surgery might become an option. Traditional prolapsed disc surgery involves a long hospital stay, inpatient physical therapy and months of recovery. Laser Spine Institute offers a minimally invasive alternative to traditional open back surgery with advanced, outpatient procedures that can help you find relief from pain.
Contact Laser Spine Institute to learn more and for a review of your MRI or CT scan.