How to treat a herniated disc
If you are suffering from the debilitating pain of a herniated disc, your main focus is most likely on finding a treatment that can reduce your pain so you can get back to the activities you enjoy. At Laser Spine Institute, we understand your frustration. Many of our patients suffered for years before turning to us for treatment help. If you are ready to take back your life from chronic back pain, we are ready to help you find the treatment option that is best for your needs. We encourage you to take a moment to research the treatment options for a herniated disc and contact our caring team for guidance about your treatment plan.
Conservative treatments for a herniated disc
Many patients with a mildly herniated disc will find effective pain relief from conservative treatments. When a disc herniates, it flattens and expands under the pressure on the surrounding vertebrae that are squeezing down on the disc. Over time, the disc expands beyond its normal parameters and enters into the spinal canal, sometimes pinching a local nerve root.
The purpose of conservative treatment options for a herniated disc is to reduce pressure on the pinched nerve in the spinal canal, thereby relieving symptoms like pain, numbness, tingling and weakness caused by a herniated disc. Common conservative treatments for a herniated disc include:
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Hot and cold compresses
- Epidural steroid injections
- Physical therapy
- Strength training exercises
- Posture modification exercises
- Lifestyle modifications
Herniated disc treatment can often be combined to help expedite the healing process. You should always consult a medical professional before making any changes to your treatment plan to ensure your health and safety.
Alternative therapies for a herniated disc
Some patients choose to pursue alternative therapies, either instead of conservative treatments or in conjunction with them. Chiropractic manipulation, acupuncture, massage therapy and herbal supplements are examples of some of the popular alternative therapies for chronic neck or back pain.
While these more natural approaches to treatment do offer pain relief for many patients, you should be aware that the medical community has not yet reached a consensus regarding the effectiveness of many of these techniques.
Laser Spine Institute treatment for a herniated disc
In the event that several weeks or months of conservative herniated disc treatment or alternative therapy does not provide you with any lasting pain relief, you may be recommended to undergo spine surgery to treat your herniated disc. If this is the case for you, reach out to Laser Spine Institute and ask for a free MRI review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for our minimally invasive herniated disc treatment.
While spine surgery can be an intimidating and anxiety-producing thought, Laser Spine Institute offers safer and effective alternatives to traditional open back surgery.^ Our minimally invasive surgery can treat a herniated disc through a less than 1-inch incision without unnecessarily disturbing the surrounding muscles, which means you will experience less risk and a shorter recovery time^ than you would with traditional open back surgery.
For more information about how our minimally invasive procedures have helped more than 75,000 patients find pain relief from chronic conditions like herniated discs, or to ask about our patient satisfaction score of 98,^ get in touch with our dedicated team today. We are here to help answer your questions about our minimally invasive procedures so you can make an informed decision about your spine care needs.