A herniated nucleus pulposus (HNP) means the gel-like center of an intervertebral disc has leaked through a fissure in the fibrous outer disc wall. This can be a natural result of the aging process, but the condition often remains asymptomatic. In fact, many people have a herniated disc and never even know it, because the herniation can heal itself through a process known as resorption. However, when extruded inner disc material compresses an adjacent nerve root, symptoms such as pain, tingling, numbness, and muscle weakness can develop. In these cases, HNP treatment becomes necessary.
Conservative HNP Treatment
More often than not, the symptoms associated with nerve compression produced by an HNP can be managed through the use of conservative treatment methods. These methods include:
Minimally Invasive Alternative Treatment for HNP
If several weeks or months of conservative treatment prove ineffective, a doctor may suggest surgery as an option. If so, contact Laser Spine Institute to learn how a minimally invasive, outpatient procedure performed using advanced, endoscopic technology may be able to help you rediscover your life without back and neck pain.
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