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Herniated Disc Recovery – What to Expect

Herniated disc recovery can vary from patient to patient, depending on the cause of the herniated disc, the patient’s symptoms and many other factors. However, almost all patients can anticipate following a treatment regimen that consists of one or more conservative, non-surgical treatments. Should these treatments prove unsuccessful at relieving a patient’s symptoms after several weeks or months, he or she may be advised to undergo surgery.

Conservative treatments for a herniated disc

A variety of non-surgical treatments can be used to abate the symptoms of a herniated disc, which can include pain, numbness, tingling and muscle weakness. Patients may be advised to utilize one or more of the following conservative treatments during their herniated disc recovery:

  • Over-the-counter, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen or naproxen
  • Physical therapy
  • The application of ice and/or heat
  • Lifestyle changes, which could entail losing weight, becoming more physically active, quitting smoking, and/or reducing alcohol consumption

Minimally invasive procedures for a herniated disc

In the event that a patient receives little to no relief after following a regimen of conservative treatments after several weeks or months, his or her physician or spine specialist may recommend surgery. Some patients may be candidates for a procedure from Laser Spine Institute, the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery. Our state-of-the-art procedures are performed on an outpatient basis through an incision that is typically less than 1 inch long. For the majority of patients who undergo one of our minimally invasive procedures for a herniated disc, recovery is brief. To learn more, contact Laser Spine Institute to schedule a complimentary initial consultation and send in your MRI or CT scan for a free review.