Treatments for a herniated disc
Living with the pain and symptoms of a herniated disc can be both mentally and physically exhausting. Activities that were once fun and relaxing may now be painful or impossible to complete altogether. You may have even noticed an overall decline in your quality of life, with the symptoms and pain continually worsening.
For many patients, the pain will only worsen without medical treatment. If you are suffering from chronic pain caused by a herniated disc, it is important that you schedule an appointment with your doctor to talk about the cause of your herniated disc and the treatment options available to you. Maybe you’ve been avoiding this conversation because you think the only treatment option is spine surgery. However, the majority of patients with a herniated disc are able to find lasting pain relief from conservative, nonsurgical treatments like physical therapy and lifestyle changes.
Treatment options for a herniated disc
Often, a physician will recommend a series of conservative treatments as the first round of defense against the pain of a herniated disc. These nonsurgical treatments are designed to relieve the pressure on the pinched nerve that is causing your pain; this is done by stretching the spine to realign the herniated disc and strengthening the surrounding muscles to hold the spine in place. Some effective methods of alternative treatment include:
- Physical therapy
- Chiropractic care
- Lifestyle changes like exercise, weight loss and quitting smoking
- Hot/cold application at the site of the nerve compression
- Stretching exercises for flexibility
- Light weight training to improve core strength
- Corticosteroid injections
- Pain medication
Your physician can help you combine treatments to increase your overall pain relief. You should always consult your doctor before starting or changing your treatment to ensure you are safe and healthy.
When to seek help from Laser Spine Institute
If the treatment methods do not give you lasting pain relief after several months of therapy, you should contact Laser Spine Institute and ask about our minimally invasive spine surgery to treat herniated discs.
Our minimally invasive spine surgery reduces the risks of infection and complication that is prevalent in traditional open back surgery. We do this by providing a safer and effective procedure that does not involve the large incision and detachment of surrounding muscles that is required during a traditional spine surgery. For patients with a herniated disc, we offer a minimally invasive discectomy and stabilization procedure, which removes a small portion or all of the damaged disc. If the entire disc is removed, an artificial disc and/or a bone graft is placed into the empty disc space to stabilize the spine.
To see if you are a candidate for one of our minimally invasive spine surgeries, contact Laser Spine Institute and ask for a review of your MRI or CT scan.