Disc extrusion alternative treatments

Disc extrusion describes a damaged disc in the spine that flattens and expands out of alignment due to spinal compression.

For many people, this condition is a result of the natural degeneration of the spine, meaning symptoms of pain and discomfort progress slowly with the development of the condition. If the symptoms are diagnosed in the early stages of disc damage, conservative treatments can often effectively reduce the pain and discomfort. If you are experiencing symptoms of pain, numbness or tingling in your spine and/or extremities, you should contact your physician or a spine care specialist to diagnose the cause of your symptoms and help you find a treatment plan before your pain worsens.

Alternative treatment methods for a disc extrusion

Typically, the first option for pain relief is a conservative treatment plan designed by your physician or spine care specialist. Conservative treatments can include massage, chiropractic treatment, yoga and other nonsurgical therapies.

Because the main cause of disc extrusion is spine degeneration and compression, the purpose of most conservative treatments is to lengthen the spine to reduce pressure on the compressed nerve root that is causing the pain and symptoms. Certain methods of stretching and strengthening the spine include:

  • Chiropractic care
  • Lifestyle changes like daily exercises and weight loss
  • Yoga and stretching
  • Physical therapy
  • Hot/cold compresses

Certain conservative treatments can be supplemented to increase pain relief, such as pain medication and epidural injections to block the nerve pathway from experiencing pain.

An alternative to traditional spine surgery

Although conservative treatment is often effective for many patients, some patients may require surgery to treat a disc extrusion. For these patients, Laser Spine Institute offers a treatment alternative to traditional open back surgery.

Our minimally invasive discectomy and stabilization procedure is safer and more effective than traditional spine surgery, and our patients experience a shorter recovery time^ and lower risk of infection or complications. During the procedure, our surgeon will remove the portion of the extruded disc that is pressing against the nerve root and causing the painful symptoms you are experiencing. If the entire disc must be removed because of severe damage, an artificial disc will be inserted in its place using a stabilization procedure.

For more information about the minimally invasive spine surgery at Laser Spine Institute, contact our spine experts today. We can review your MRI and help you determine the best treatment option for your extruded disc.