Disc pain — exploring alternative treatments

Alternative treatments for disc pain allow patients to try other nonsurgical methods outside of the standard conservative treatments before resorting to spine surgery. Standard conservative treatments include:

  • Pain medication
  • Physical therapy
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Corticosteroid injections

Some patients explore alternative methods of treatment to relieve disc pain, both on their own or to complement existing conventional treatment. Alternative treatments are typically defined as those that fall outside of mainstream medicine. In many cases, these treatments are not widely accepted or their effectiveness remains in dispute. However, ongoing clinical studies could bring some alternative treatments into the medical mainstream over time.

Categories of alternative treatments for disc pain

Alternative treatments for disc pain can be rooted in traditional practices or can be new experimental methods. Before attempting any new form of treatment, speak with your primary care doctor to make sure any therapy you are considering doesn’t cause issues with your current health or any existing medication or treatment you’re receiving.

Here are some of the categories that alternative treatments can be divided into:

  • Alternative medical systems — Ayurveda, traditional Chinese medicine, naturopathy
  • Mind-body interventions — biofeedback, cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Biologically based therapies — herbal supplements, homeopathy, pain patches
  • Manipulative and body-based methods — acupuncture, massage, chiropractic medicine, yoga
  • Energy therapies — magnets, ultrasound, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)

Make sure any practitioner you consult with is a licensed professional and has a good reputation in his or her field.

When chronic disc pain persists

A large number of people are able to find lasting relief from chronic disc pain by following a course consisting of conservative or alternative treatments. Surgery can be presented as an option if weeks or months of conservative treatment don’t bring the relief you require for a return to normal activity.

Many patients considering spine surgery are reluctant to undergo a procedure due to the risks and difficulties involved, especially with a traditional open spine surgery. Laser Spine Institute offers a safer and effective alternative^ to traditional procedures with minimally invasive spine surgery performed on an outpatient basis.

For more information about the advantages of Laser Spine Institute for chronic disc pain, contact us today. We offer a no-cost MRI review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.