What kind of treatment can a chiropractor offer for a disc protrusion?

For some people, disc protrusion treatment includes spinal manipulation performed by a chiropractor. This approach can potentially be effective for addressing painful symptoms without the use of medications or surgery. Additionally, chiropractors often take a holistic view, treating back pain as a whole-body issue and offering helpful advice on stress reduction, nutrition and other lifestyle factors that can promote spine health in particular and wellness in general.

With all of that said, chiropractic disc protrusion treatment is not appropriate for everyone. To ensure that you receive the safest and most effective treatment possible, it’s important to seek your physician’s approval before consulting with a chiropractor about a protruding disc. Your physician may also be able to refer you to a trusted local provider.

What does chiropractic disc protrusion treatment involve?

After verifying your diagnosis, evaluating your medical history, performing a physical examination and reviewing your imaging studies, a chiropractor can develop a customized treatment plan for your protruding disc. Depending on your specific needs, your disc protrusion treatment plan may include:

  • Flexion-distraction with a special table designed to gently stretch your spine and increase the space available for compressed nerves
  • Pelvic blocking to draw the damaged disc away from your spinal cord or an irritated nerve root
  • Therapeutic exercises to strengthen the muscles that support your spine and relieve pressure on the protruding disc

While chiropractic care can provide temporary relief from protruding disc symptoms, it cannot address their underlying cause — only surgery can do that. Many medical specialists, including chiropractors, begin to consider surgical options if several weeks or months of conservative treatment do not result in meaningful symptom improvement or allow for a return to daily activities.

Surgical disc protrusion treatment

If you are considering surgery to address a protruding disc but are concerned about the risks associated with traditional open spine surgery, you might want to find out if you are a candidate for the minimally invasive spine surgery performed at Laser Spine Institute. Our minimally invasive outpatient surgery is a safer and effective alternative to traditional open spine surgery for disc protrusion.^ Contact us today to request a free MRI review.*