A herniated disc occurs when one of the soft, sponge-like bodies (which are located between each level of vertebrae in your spine) degenerates over time. Eventually, the gel-like inner substance of one or more discs can burst through the thicker outer wall. By itself, a herniated disc doesn’t necessarily cause any symptoms. In fact, even those reporting no neck or back pain may very well have one or more herniated discs somewhere in their spine. Problems only arise when herniated disc material compresses a spinal nerve. This can result in pain, numbness, weakness and tingling that travel along the course of the affected nerve.
Treatment with acupuncture
Typically, your physician will recommend you try any of a variety of conservative treatments that are often effective in reducing the symptoms of a herniated disc. These options can include pain medications, physical therapy, hot/cold therapy and more. However, some patients turn to alternative treatment options, and acupuncture is a popular choice.
Acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine used to manage pain. Acupuncture typically involves inserting fine needles into the skin, along the pathway of the pain. Practitioners of this therapy will tell you that acupuncture stimulates the production of certain endorphins that can help ease the pain and other symptoms of a herniated disc. An acupuncturist will determine the location of the specific nerve that is being compressed and causing pain, and then position the needles appropriately.
While many people experience a reduction in their pain after visiting an acupuncturist or by trying other non-surgical methods, some individuals turn to surgery when conservative and alternative treatments fail to ease their symptoms. If you haven’t seen results after weeks or months of non-surgical treatments, contact Laser Spine Institute today. We’ll be glad to tell you about our outpatient procedures that are a minimally invasive alternative to traditional open back surgery. Let us review your MRI or CT scan, and show you how we’ve helped tens of thousands of people find relief from neck or back pain.