Herniated disc treatment methods
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 our spine care experts 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 consult your physician or our spine care experts for guidance about your treatment plan.
Conservative treatments for a herniated disc
Many patients with a mild herniated disc will find effective pain relief from conservative, nonsurgical 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 treatments is to lengthen the spine and reduce pressure on the pinched nerve in the spinal canal, thereby relieving the pain and symptoms caused by a herniated disc. Common conservative treatments for a herniated disc include:
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Cold compresses and/or heating pads
- Physical therapy and other strength training exercises
- Posture modification exercises
- Lifestyle modifications
These treatments 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 in lieu 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 and/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.
While spine surgery can be an intimidating and anxiety-producing thought, Laser Spine Institute offers safer, effective alternatives to the traditional open back surgery about which patients commonly think. Our minimally invasive surgery can treat a herniated disc through a small, 1-inch incision without 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, or to ask about our 96 patient satisfaction rate, contact our Care Team at Laser Spine Institute 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.