Herniated disc treatment options
Patients diagnosed with herniated disc should research all treatment options available before deciding which procedure with which to proceed. Many patients may find pain relief through conservative methods of treatment, such as physical therapy and pain medication. However, if a herniated disc has progressively worsened, surgical treatment may be the only viable treatment option to reduce the pain and symptoms of a herniated disc.
While you research the treatment options available to you, we encourage you to reach out to your physician or our Care Team. With the help of a medical professional, you can determine the best treatment option for your needs and your lifestyle based on your medical history and the severity and location of your herniated disc.
Conservative treatment for herniated disc
Typically, herniated disc treatment begins with a series of nonsurgical (or conservative) techniques designed to alleviate strain on the neck or back and provide the patient with pain relief. A herniated disc occurs when a disc between two vertebrae is compressed under the pressure of body weight gain or repetitive motions, causing the disc to flatten and expand into the spinal canal. Some severe cases of a herniated disc may result in the disc expanding to the point of tearing, allowing the inner disc fluid to leak into the spinal canal. Therefore, the purpose of conservative treatment is to alleviate pressure on the spine in hopes that the herniated disc can reshape itself and realign within the spine.
Some of the most commonly recommended conservative treatments include:
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Heat or ice application
- Low-impact exercises or physical therapy
- Stretching techniques
- Diet modification
- Posture improvement
- Limited rest
Surgical treatment for herniated disc
Laser Spine Institute offers two types of treatment for a herniated disc, depending on the severity of the herniated disc. We offer a minimally invasive decompression surgery for moderately herniated discs and a minimally invasive stabilization surgery for more severely herniated discs. Both of these procedures offer a safer and effective treatment alternative to traditional open back surgery.
During a minimally invasive decompression surgery, the surgeon will remove a small portion of the herniated disc that is impacting a nerve root in the spinal canal. This will allow the nerve root to be decompressed and the pain experienced by the patient to begin to reduce. For a more severely herniated disc, a minimally invasive stabilization surgery will remove the entire damaged disc and replace it with a disc implant to decompress the nerve root and stabilize and support the spine.
For more information about our minimally invasive surgery or to hear about the benefits of our minimally invasive procedures that have earned a 96 patient satisfaction rate, please contact our Care Team at Laser Spine Institute. We can review your MRI or CT scan to help you determine your best treatment options.