Disc protrusion — alternative treatments

If symptoms of nerve compression caused by disc protrusion in the spine are not responding to conventional medicine, explore the use of alternative treatments to manage pain, tingling, numbness or muscle weakness. Depending on how willing you are to veer away from the medical mainstream, your choices could include mind-body intervention, biologically based therapies, manipulative and body-based methods or energy therapies.

Alternative medical systems

Alternative medical systems are built on belief systems separate and distinct from conventional medical practice in the United States and Europe. Some were developed centuries ago, while others, such as homeopathy, developed in parallel with the ongoing development of today’s modern, scientific approach to health care. While disc protrusion symptoms normally can be managed through pain medication, exercise or lifestyle changes, your research might uncover the following alternative treatments:

  • Ayurveda. This is an ancient system practiced on the Indian subcontinent and elsewhere in South Asia. Its name comes from the Sanskrit words “ayus”, for longevity, and “veda” for knowledge. It emphasizes metabolic balance, healthy digestion and proper excretion. It also focuses on emotional and intellectual well-being, utilizing meditation and the repetition of phrases, or mantras, to encourage mind-body balance.
  • Traditional Chinese medicine. Ancient Chinese practices emphasize harmony with the environment as a path to sound health. Herbs, acupuncture and dietary therapy are crucial elements, as is Shiatsu massage.
  • Naturopathy. While the tenets of this system have their basis in traditional therapies, it wasn’t given its name until 1895. Its foundation is a belief in the healing power of nature, and practitioners use a wide variety of therapies. Drugs and surgery are not condoned. A healthy diet and botanical remedies are encouraged.

When alternative treatments are not enough

In some cases, disc protrusion symptoms persist despite weeks or months of conservative or alternative treatments and surgery can become a serious consideration. If this is the case for you, contact Laser Spine Institute to learn how minimally invasive spine surgery performed using advanced techniques can help you find relief from neck pain, back pain and other symptoms related to this condition.

We are happy to offer a free MRI review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.