Disc pain treatment
If your physician has already diagnosed you with a bulging disc, herniated disc, thinning disc or another disc problem, there are many treatment options available.
The treatment you choose will depend on the location of your damaged disc, the severity of your symptoms and the length of time you’ve been experiencing symptoms. The treatments available to you may also depend on your age, activity level and whether or not your symptoms have worsened over time.
Treatment for painful disc problems typically starts with nonsurgical or conservative options. If conservative treatments don’t work, your physician may recommend a more aggressive approach.
Conservative treatment options
Options for nonsurgical disc pain treatment may include:
- Rest — At first, try avoiding any activities or movements that make your disc pain symptoms worse. By resting, you’ll be giving your herniated disc or bulging disc time to heal on its own if possible.
- Physical therapy — While rest is important, it’s also important to perform exercises that strengthen and stabilize the spine without aggravating your painful disc. Your physician or physical therapist should always approve physical therapy exercises before you begin. Trying new exercises on your own could make your condition worse.
- Hot and cold therapy — Ice and heat are used to relax the muscles and reduce swelling and inflammation around the spinal nerves.
- Medications — Sometimes over-the-counter pain relievers may help relieve your disc pain symptoms, but if they don’t, your physician may prescribe narcotic pain medication. Anti-inflammatory medication is another option, which can reduce swelling and pressure around spinal nerves. Oral steroids may be able to reduce swelling and promote healing.
- Epidural steroid injections — The injection of cortisone into the spaces where nerves are compressed may reduce swelling in the area and ease painful pressure on nerves. While the effects are not always immediate, cortisone injections may provide disc pain relief for weeks or months.
Minimally invasive treatment options
If none of these disc pain treatments have helped you and your quality of life has decreased because of chronic disc problems, contact Laser Spine Institute to learn about our minimally invasive spine surgery.
Our minimally invasive decompression and stabilization procedures are designed to remove damaged disc material to relieve pressure on pinched nerves in the neck and back. All of our procedures are performed on an outpatient basis and avoid the long and difficult recovery^ often associated with traditional open spine surgery.
Contact us for a no-cost MRI review* to determine if you are a candidate for our minimally invasive spine surgery.