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. Often, conservative treatments can effectively reduce the pain and discomfort. If you are experiencing symptoms of pain, numbness or tingling in your spine or extremities, you should contact your doctor to diagnose the cause 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. Conventional conservative options include rest, medication, physical therapy, exercise and epidural steroid injections.

To complement a conventional treatment plan for an extruded disc, many patients also turn to alternative treatments that are outside of the medical mainstream. If you do attempt alternative treatments, be sure to keep your primary care doctor informed of any of the methods you pursue. Common alternative therapies include:

  • Chiropractic care
  • Restorative yoga
  • Herbal remedies
  • Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation, or TENS treatment

An alternative to traditional spine surgery

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

Our minimally invasive decompression and stabilization procedures are a safer and effective alternative to traditional spine surgery, and our patients experience a shorter recovery time and lower risk of complication.^ 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, our minimally invasive stabilizations are an alternative to traditional fusion procedures. For more information about the minimally invasive spine surgery at Laser Spine Institute, contact our dedicated team today.

We can review your MRI or CT scan at no cost to you* and determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our outpatient procedures.