Can you recover from a slipped disc without surgery?

If you have a slipped disc in your neck or back, you are undoubtedly interested in learning more about your treatment options. The first step is to visit your doctor for a full medical examination in order to determine the cause of your symptoms. In all likelihood, if a disc problem is identified, you will be advised to fully explore nonsurgical treatments before a spine procedure becomes a realistic option.

What is a slipped disc?

Slipped disc is a nonmedical term commonly used to describe conditions such as bulging or herniated spinal discs. These conditions are typically age-related and are not necessarily painful. The pain caused by degenerative disc conditions are typically the result of nerve compression by disc material that has been pushed out of its normal position. There are many treatment options available to relieve these symptoms and it is important to partner with your doctor to find the best course of treatment for your particular needs.

Treatment options other than surgery

Here are some examples of the treatments most commonly recommended:

  • Over-the-counter medications like nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Prescription pain medications
  • Heating pads
  • Ice packs
  • Stretching exercises like yoga, Pilates and tai chi
  • Low-impact exercises like walking and swimming
  • Lifestyle changes, including healthy eating, getting regular exercise, quitting smoking and reducing alcohol consumption

To find the right combination of treatments for your specific condition, speak with your doctor. It’s also important to have the right expectations for treatment because in many cases several weeks or months of treatment may be required before results are experienced. If fully attempting a nonsurgical approach does not offer lasting relief of chronic neck or back pain, slipped disc surgery might be considered. Many people are reluctant to undergo surgery due to the risks and difficulties associated with traditional open neck or back procedures. At Laser Spine Institute we perform minimally invasive outpatient spine surgery that is a safer and effective alternative than traditional procedures, offering our patients less risk of complication and a shorter recovery time.^ Contact us today to learn more.

Our dedicated team will help you receive a free MRI review* so you can find out if you may be a candidate for one of our procedures.