What to do after receiving a herniated disc diagnosis

Once you have received a herniated disc diagnosis, you should start to consider treatment options. When a herniated disc occurs, the gel-like center of the disc breaks through the tough outer layer and leaks into the spinal canal. If the inner fluid from a herniated disc impacts a nerve root in the spinal canal, you may experience uncomfortable symptoms, including pain, numbness, tingling and muscle weakness.

What normally acts as a cushion between the individual bones, or vertebrae, can irritate, compress or pinch a nerve. Whether the condition is caused by a traumatic injury or the natural aging process, you’ll want a treatment that focuses on reducing inflammation and decompressing the disc. To learn about the variety of treatments available for a herniated disc, including conservative, alternative and surgical intervention, read the following article.

Conservative and alternative herniated disc treatments

After diagnosing a herniated disc, most doctors begin treatment for the condition with conservative methods. This may include one or more of the following:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Hot and cold therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Periods of intermittent rest
  • Epidural steroids

Some patients may choose to take an alternative holistic approach to their treatment. Popular alternative therapies include acupuncture, chiropractic manipulation, the use of herbs and dietary supplements, deep tissue massage, restorative yoga and Pilates. It is important to note that you should always consult your doctor before beginning any drug or exercise program.

Surgical herniated disc treatments

In the event that several weeks or months of conservative or alternative treatment prove ineffective, a doctor may recommend surgery. Laser Spine Institute offers a safer and effective alternative to traditional open neck or back surgery,^ in the form of minimally invasive spine surgery. If you are considering surgical treatment for your herniated disc, contact us to learn more about our outpatient procedures, which have helped more than 75,000 patients since 2005 find lasting relief.

By making only a small incision, the highly skilled surgeons at Laser Spine Institute can reduce the risk of infection and spare the muscles from being cut or torn. Our surgery is performed on an outpatient basis and requires no lengthy recovery.^ Reach out to our dedicated team today for your no-cost MRI review* to see if you are a potential candidate for the herniated disc surgery performed at Laser Spine Institute. We are here to help you regain your quality of life.

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