Disc extrusion medication
If you’re experiencing symptoms of a damaged disc, disc extrusion medication may be extremely effective at helping you manage your symptoms as the extrusion heals.
Sensations of pain, tingling, numbness and weakness may begin in the neck or back and spread throughout the extremities if extruded disc material compresses a spinal nerve or the spinal cord.
Talk to your physician about prescription or over-the-counter medications that may be right for you.
Varieties of disc extrusion medication
Your doctor may recommend different types of disc extrusion medication, including:
- Analgesics (painkillers)
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
- Oral steroids
- Epidural steroid injections
- Muscle relaxants
Identifying side effects from medication
If you experience adverse side effects from any type of disc extrusion medication, tell your physician right away and stop taking the medication.
For the first several weeks after beginning a new medication, stay on the lookout for fever, abnormal bleeding, depression, headaches, diarrhea, trouble urinating, insomnia or fatigue. Your physician may decide to discontinue a medication or change the prescribed dosage.
Be sure to tell your physician about any food or drug allergies you may have before starting new medication.
Combining medication with other treatment options
Disc extrusion medication may be combined with other nonsurgical treatment options like hot/cold therapy, low-impact exercise, gentle stretching and behavior modification.
Talk with your physician about developing a conservative treatment plan that includes a few of these options. If weeks or months of these methods do not help you find relief or you have become dependent on pain medication for relief, contact Laser Spine Institute.
Rather than just treating the effects of disc extrusion, our minimally invasive spine surgery treats the root cause of the condition, so you can return to your active lifestyle. We offer a variety of minimally invasive, outpatient procedures aimed at relieving nerve compression and reducing your pain. Because our procedures are minimally invasive, they are the proven safer and effective option over traditional open neck or back surgery.
For more information, contact Laser Spine Institute and ask for a no-cost MRI review* to see if you are a candidate for one of our procedures.