These three overlooked ruptured disc treatment options may help you find relief
While there are many ruptured disc treatment options, some are more commonly recommended than others. For example, doctors are more likely to recommend medications than they are alternative therapies such as acupuncture or chiropractic massage. This is mainly because there is more evidence to support the effectiveness of medication compared to alternative treatment.
However, some patients do report finding relief from attempting alternative treatments as a complement to conventional therapies. When developing a treatment plan to relieve your symptoms, you and your doctor may want to consider the following three potentially overlooked ruptured disc treatments.
1. Chiropractic care
When used as a ruptured disc treatment option, chiropractic sessions can be helpful. Chiropractors can use techniques such as flexion/distraction to help relieve ruptured disc symptoms. Flexion/distraction is a technique that can gently move ruptured disc material away from a compressed nerve temporarily while also helping to improve disc height. If your chiropractor didn’t diagnose your ruptured disc, it is important to make sure he or she knows about your condition.
2. Therapeutic massage
Like chiropractic care, massage therapy also involves physical manipulation to help relieve ruptured disc symptoms. However, while a chiropractor works primarily with the spine, a massage therapist works to release muscle tension and ensure proper tissue alignment. Techniques such as pressing, stroking and kneading can all diminish pain, encourage better circulation, promote relaxation and enhance overall well-being, making therapeutic massage a valuable form of ruptured disc treatment.
Based on traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture uses thin needles inserted in the skin to stimulate the body’s pressure points in specific combinations to encourage a better flow of energy. Those who participate in this treatment often report higher energy levels, a reduced perception of pain, and calming, tingling sensations in and around the treated areas.
When to consider surgery for a ruptured disc
Although many patients are able to control their symptoms through conservative and alternative ruptured disc treatment options, others eventually need surgery to relieve symptoms enough for a better quality of life. If you have been recommended for surgery for your ruptured disc, do not overlook the full range of surgical treatments available, including minimally invasive spine surgery.
At Laser Spine Institute, our board-certified surgeons+ perform procedures on an outpatient basis by using a muscle-sparing approach. Since 2005 we have been able to help more than 60,000 patients find relief from neck or back pain at our state-of-the-art facilities across the United States.
To learn more, and to find out if you may be a candidate for one of our procedures, reach out to our dedicated team of Spine Care Consultants today for a no-cost MRI review.*