Considering your herniated disc treatment options
Being diagnosed with a herniated disc in the spine can be worrying, but it can also be a relief to know the source of your neck or back pain. Additionally, it’s often comforting to know that there are a number of effective herniated disc treatment options to consider. However, it is important to keep in mind that what works for one patient may not necessarily work for you — this is why it is extremely important to work closely with your physician when considering treatment for a herniated disc.
The first stages of herniated disc treatment
In almost all cases, herniated disc treatment begins with a series of conservative treatments that are intended to reduce swelling, help the disc heal and manage any pain you’re experiencing. Some of the most commonly recommended initial treatments include:
- Periods of rest
- Stretching techniques
- Physical therapy and low-impact exercises
- Applying heat or ice
- Usage of pain medication or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
- Proper nutrition
- Posture improvement
Many patients also look to experts to assist in herniated disc treatment. Chiropractors, acupuncturists, physical therapists, dieticians and a variety of other specialists may be enlisted to assist in treatment. It is important to continue working with your primary doctor as you explore other forms of treatment, especially therapies that are outside the medical mainstream.
When to consider surgery
In the event that conservative treatments do not provide the patient with lasting pain relief after several weeks or months, herniated disc surgery may be considered. At Laser Spine Institute, we offer a safer and effective alternative to traditional open spine procedures^ with our minimally invasive spine surgery. Unlike invasive open spine operations, our procedures are completed on an outpatient basis because we use muscle-sparing techniques that only require a less than 1-inch incision.
To learn about the numerous advantages to our herniated disc treatment, and to request a review of your MRI or CT scan* to find out if you may be a candidate for one of our procedures, contact Laser Spine Institute today.