Non-Surgical Treatment Options for Disc Protrusion

If you were recently diagnosed with a disc protrusion, there are many non-surgical treatment options available that might provide you with the pain relief you require. In fact, the majority of people with disc protrusions and other degenerative spine conditions tend to respond exceedingly well to a regimen of conservative, non-surgical techniques. With that said, it is vitally important to visit a physician to correctly diagnose the issue and determine the best possible approach to treatment. The symptoms of a disc protrusion, like chronic, local pain and other similar discomfort, can also be explained by several other conditions, so you need to be absolutely sure that you know where your pain is coming from, how significant your spinal deterioration is and what caused the issue in the first place.

Recommended treatments

While the specific non-surgical treatment options that are recommended to patients vary widely based on diagnosis and prognosis, there are several techniques that are recommended often. These most common techniques include:

  • Low-impact exercises – Swimming, jogging and other low-impact workouts can help reduce excess body fat, strengthen the spine and have long-term benefits to your overall health.
  • The use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs – Anti-inflammatories, both over-the-counter and prescription, can help reduce the swelling that often accompanies swollen discs. Muscle relaxers are also often recommended to reduce strain.
  • Hot/cold compresses – The use of heat tends to improve circulation and promote healing while ice packs reduce swelling and alleviate pain.
  • Limited rest – While you won’t want to become sedentary, taking it easy for a few days to give your body time to recover is usually recommended.
  • Lifestyle adjustments – Shedding excess body fat, limiting alcohol and tobacco intake and improving your posture can all help alleviate the symptoms of disc protrusion.

Of course, these are just a handful of examples of non-surgical treatments that are often recommended for disc protrusions. There are many other different modalities that can be explored over the course of several weeks or months in order to address your disc pain.


If, however, non-surgical treatment options for your disc protrusion prove ineffective, surgery might be considered. At Laser Spine Institute, we’re the leading provider of minimally invasive spine procedures in North America. To learn about our state-of-the-art, outpatient procedures, contact us today.